While the majority of leagues take a break for the duration of international blocs, there’s no such rest for Airtricity League clubs, with a full list of fixtures down for decision today and tomorrow – even if the cruel weather might still force a couple of cancellations.
Cork City welcome Derry City to Turner’s Cross tomorrow looking to maintain their own unbeaten start to the campaign. Brian Lenihan is Tommy Dunne’s only definite absentee, though he has slight doubts over the fitness of both Daryl and Neal Horgan. Dunne said: “I think, at home, we can give anybody a match with the crowd behind us. It is important we perform well, and I do not see any reason why we cannot pick up the three points.”
Inspections will be carried out at Richmond Park and Belfield ahead of this evening’s games, while heavy rain has also cast doubts over the condition of the pitch at Tolka Park before tomorrow’s televised clash between Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers.
After their meeting with St Patrick’s Athletic on Tuesday was postponed minutes before kick-off, Alan Mathews’ side will be desperate for the game, the first to be televised from the Drumcondra venue since 2006, to get the go ahead.
Rovers make the trip across the Liffey for the second time in five days without Jason McGuinness (hamstring) and Derek Foran (suspended). Following last Monday’s scoreless draw against Bohemians, Hoops boss Trevor Croly said: “I thought the team showed a lot of character to come out of Dalymount with a result considering how the match went. That is behind us now, and while we have a few missing on Sunday, we’re looking forward to the Shels game.”
The champions and early pacesetters, Sligo Rovers, will look to maintain their 100% start when hosting a Limerick side that notched their first win over UCD on Tuesday. Yet to concede a goal, the Bit O’Red will be big favourites to take the points, even without the services of Danny North, Danny Ventre and Joseph Ndo. The Shannonsiders will travel without the injured David O’Leary, while there are also doubts over Dominic Foley, Jeffrey Judge and Rory Gaffney.
Elsewhere, St Pat’s will have been praying for better conditions overnight as they face the chance of a second home postponement in a week with Bohemians coming to Inchicore at 5pm this evening, while UCD will be hoping for similar improvements so their clash with Dundalk also gets a green light.
The programme is concluded by the meeting of Drogheda United, looking to build on two draws from their last two games, and Bray Wanderers at Hunky Dory’s Park.
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