Second from top take on the table-proppers in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division this evening as Cork City and Limerick meet in a Munster derby at Jackman Park (6.30pm).
City go into the game on the back of successive wins and seven goals in two games but, while manager John Caulfield is pleased with their resurgent form, he is warning against taking anything for granted against a Limerick side who, while still in search of a first win, have already tripped up a couple of the title-challengers at home.
“We’ve had two home games and two wins after dropping a few points, so it was important for us to bounce back and important to get the six points,” says the City boss.
“We are going to Limerick, which will be a difficult game - they have taken points off Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk there. We know the venue is tricky and in their home games against the top teams they have proven to be very difficult opponents.”
City will again be without John Dunleavy and Alan Bennett but Caulfield is hoping that Ross Gaynor will have recovered from a hamstring injury. Seán Harding is the only doubt for Limerick who, according to manager Martin Russell, will have to replicate their best displays of a difficult season to put it up to Cork.
“You only have to look at the Cork squad, they could put out two teams and be competitive,” he says. “They’re up there challenging. It won’t be an easy game. We’ll have to be as good as we were against Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and even Saint Patrick’s Athletic. We just want the first win and then take it from there. I fully believe we should have more points. Sometimes you don’t get the rewards when you expect to get them but you’ve just got to keep doing the right thing and believe it will come right.”
Tonight also sees Sligo Rovers, who are still searching for their first home win of the season, face a Drogheda United side with one win in 11 games (Showgrounds, 7.45pm), while new Bray Wanderers manager Trevor Croly’s first game in charge of the Seasiders brings him face to face with St Patrick’s Athletic where he was assistant manager to Liam Buckley (Carlisle Grounds, 5.45pm).
In the First Division, meanwhile, Cobh Ramblers are at home to Finn Harps (St Colman’s Park, 7.45).
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