Cork City make the long trip to Derry, as the 2011 First Division champions face the 2010 First Division champions at the Brandywell tomorrow night.
Following two defeats in their opening two games, City turned in an impressive performance last week which saw them come within seconds of defeating champions Shamrock Rovers. It was a much improved performance, and was followed by a 1-0 victory over Waterford United in the Munster Senior Cup on Tuesday night.
Speaking to CorkCityFC.ie, City manager Tommy Dunne said that the Waterford game had given a number of players the opportunity to improve their match fitness: “We made a lot of changes in personnel and played a different system on Tuesday night, so that allowed us to have a look at a few things. The intensity of the game wasn’t as high as on Friday, but it allowed players to get a good 90 minutes under their belt and it was good to get the win also.”
“Derry is always a tough place to go, but we’ve had a reasonably good record up there in the last couple of years. I watched their game against Linfield the other night and you could see that they are a strong team; they are physically strong, they’re quick and they have good creativity in the side as well. They had a good season last season, and I think they will be even closer to the top this season.”
Shane Duggan will miss out again following his sending off against Drogheda United, while Stephen Mulcahy, Kevin Murray and Neal Horgan all remain sidelined with knee injuries. Dunne has doubts over Daryl Horgan (thigh strain) and Jamie Murphy (hamstring), but he is hopeful that both will feature.
Injury News: Stephen Mulcahy, Kevin Murray, Neal Horgan, Daryl Horgan, Jamie Murphy
Suspensions: Shane Duggan
Last Game: Cork City 1-1 Shamrock Rovers
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