Dundalk, the surprise team of the season, can move into second place in the Airtricity Premier Division, just a point behind leaders St Pat’s, when they travel to take on Cork City at Turner’s Cross tonight (kick-off 8.05 pm).
Lilywhites manager Stephen Kenny is taking nothing for granted despite last week’s 3-0 victory over second-from-bottom Bohemians at Oriel Park.
“Turner’s Cross is always a difficult venue to get a result and we expect a tough test. Besides, we will be without a number of our first-team regulars for this fixture,” said Kenny.
Ruled out by suspension are Andy Boyle and Richie Towell while missing through injury are Keith Ward, John Mountney and Tiaran Mulvenna. Chris Shields faces a late fitness test on a hip problem.
Cork will be hoping to make it three home wins in a row after the disappointment of last week’s defeat by bottom club Shelbourne at Tolka Park. Manager Tommy Dunne is happy to see the return of the experienced Dan Murray after injury and Danny Murphy after suspension.
Gearoid and Danny Morrissey could have late fitness tests but again missing will be the injured Kevin Burns, Kevin Murray, Colin Healy and Darren Dennehy, while Shane Duggan is suspended.
Fifth-placed Shamrock Rovers can move to within six points of leaders St Pat’s when they host improving UCD at Tallaght Stadium (8pm).
Hoops boss Trevor Croly must plan without the injured Barry Murphy and David Elebert, while both Conor McCormack and Pat Sullivan will face late fitness tests.
Bray Wanderers are without the suspended Kevin O’Connor when they face second-from-bottom Bohemians at the Carlisle Grounds (7.45pm). O’Connor was shown a red card just a minute after scoring the equaliser in their amazing 4-4 draw with Limerick at Thomond Park in their last outing.
With manager Aaron Callaghan sacked earlier this weak, U19 coach Graham O’Hanlon takes charge of the Bohemians side as caretaker boss Owen Heary starts a three-match ban.
Shelbourne’s new boss John McDonnell will be determined to move his charges out of the relegation zone and tonight they play host to an unchanged Limerick side at Tolka Park (8pm).
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