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Team news ahead of Longford Town match

Team news ahead of Longford Town match

Cork City FC are back on the road on Saturday, as they travel to Bishopsgate to face Longford Town.

City will be looking to bounce back from last Friday's defeat, a 1-0 loss in front of a crowd of 4,984 at Turner's Cross - the highest attendance in the league last weekend. The hosts have yet to kick a ball this season, having had their opener against Cobh Ramblers postponed, and sitting out last week as the idle team. Gary Cronin is the man in charge at Bishopsgate this season, having departed Bray Wanderers at the end of last season.

Speaking at the weekly press conference in Bishopstown, City assistant manager Richie Holland said: "Longford are a very experienced side. Gary Cronin has brought in some good players, and they also have players with plenty of Premier Division experience. We're concentrating on ourselves, and we know we need to bounce back from last Friday night."

"I do expect them to try to get on the ball a lot, and to try and play a bit. It's going to be another tough test. Gary's teams are always well organised, so we're going to need to be at our best to pick up the three points."

New signing Ally Gilchrist was also on media duty this week, saying: "The backing from the fans last week shows how big this club is. The result was frustrating but we were backed brilliantly by the crowd. We need to put that game behind us now, and get back firing again."

"We want our home ground to be a fortress, we don't want to give away any points, or any goals at home. You could see it last Friday night, everyone backed us. That's what we want."

"I think Longford will be a good side. I think it'll be possession based, and will be a tough game. They'll know what they're doing, but we've got a job to do as well, so we'll take it to them. They're going to be a good side, but we're a very good side as well."

On the injury front, City will be without Dylan McGlade, who picked up an injury early in last week's defeat to Galway. Gordon Walker, George Heaven & Alec Byrne will also miss out.

The match will also be broadcast on LOI TV, and you can purchase a single match pass for just €5, here.

Referee: Michael Connolly

Injury News: Dylan McGlade, Gordon Walker, George Heaven, Alec Byrne

Last game: City 0-1 Galway United

Last meeting: City 1-0 Longford Town (FAI Cup, 2020)

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