Cork City return to league action on Friday night, as they travel to Dalymount Park to face Bohemians.
City come into the tie on the back of a weekend without a game, due to the postponement of their fixture against Derry City, with their last fixture having seen them record a 1-0 win over Limerick in the FAI Cup semi-final. Bohs’ last outing was a 1-0 defeat away to Sligo Rovers, while their last fixture at Dalymount Park was a 3-2 win over St. Patrick’s Athletic.
The sides have met twice this season, with a win apiece. City recorded a 2-0 win at Dalymount Park in April, with Karl Sheppard and Garry Buckley on target, before while Bohs became the first team to defeat City in the league this season, as they recorded a 1-0 win at Turner’s Cross at the end of July.
Speaking ahead of the game, City boss John Caulfield said: “Bohemians were the first team to beat us this season and they have done well against Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers as well. They have a lot of quality in their team, they are a strong side, always difficult to play against at Dalymount.”
“We have got back to the cup final, which is phenomenal, but the league is the one we want. We are down to a situation now where everything is in our own hands and our focus is on Friday night. It will be a difficult game, but we will have another massive following up there and I hope that, after our last two performances, we are back to the intensity we have had for most of the season.”
“Nothing comes easy, but we are in the driving seat. The most important thing for us, after going through a shaky spell, was to get back to what we are good at and the last couple of performances have shown that. We are happy that we are back to that and hopefully it’s good for the run-in.”
“Our support has been magnificent and we will have another phenomenal crowd there on Friday night. I’ve never, in my time, gone to Dalymount Park and got an easy game. Thankfully, in the last few years, we have got a few wins there, but it will be a very tough game.”
Steven Beattie is suspended, while City are still without long-term absentees Johnny Dunleavy and Alec Byrne. Conor McCormack picked up a knock in training during the week, and will be assessed ahead of the game.
Injury News: Johnny Dunleavy, Alec Byrne, Conor McCormack
Suspensions: Steven Beattie
Last meeting: Cork City 0-1 Bohemians
Last game: Cork City 1-0 Limerick
League Form (most recent game first): D L L W L W
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