Cork City continue their defence of the FAI Cup away to Longford Town on Saturday night.
City come into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Shamrock Rovers last Friday, while the home side’s last outing was a 2-0 win away to Cabinteely the same night.
City’s last FAI Cup outing saw them record a 7-0 win over Longford’s near neighbours Athlone Town, while Longford booked their place thanks to a 1-0 win against Bangor Celtic. In the First Round, Longford enjoyed a 4-2 extra time win over Sligo Rovers, while City edged out Bray Wanderers by a goal to nil.
Speaking ahead of the game, City boss John Caulfield said: “Since Neale Fenn has gone in, he has revitalised Longford and put his own stamp on the team. They are playing smashing football over the last couple of months and they have got some great results. In the last round, they beat Bangor but in the First Round they beat Sligo Rovers; that was a major surprise to many but, if you study Longford’s form, you can see what a good team they have.”
“They have a lot of players who played in the Premier Division in the likes of Cowan, O’Sullivan, O’Reilly, Zambra, Dillon, Haverty, Verdon… They have a lot of Premier Division experience and some very good players, so we are under no illusions that we will have to be at our best to get a result.”
“We were disappointed with last week’s result, but I expect we will have a much-improved performance tomorrow. In general, the lads have been fantastic throughout the season, however we have been disappointed that we have not been at our best in a couple of games recently, but we have trained hard all week and we are looking forward to the game.”
“Longford are the underdogs and they will throw everything at us; they have a lot of talented players, a lot of pace, so we are well aware of their qualities, but it is about us going to Longford and playing our own game. If we can perform at the highest level, like we have done all season, then I am sure we will be fine, if we don’t it will be a difficult game.”
Johnny Dunleavy and Alec Byrne are long-term absentees, while Sean O’Mahony has also been ruled out of this weekend’s tie. Alan Bennett and Garry Buckley are both carrying knocks and will be assessed prior to tomorrow’s game.
Injury News: Johnny Dunleavy, Alec Byrne, Sean O’Mahony, Alan Bennett, Garry Buckley
Last meeting: Cork City 5-2 Longford Town
Last game (League): Shamrock Rovers 3-1 Cork City
League Form (most recent game first): L W L W L W
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