After a longer than expected break due to recent bad weather, Cork City are back in action on Friday night as they travel to Oriel Park to take on Dundalk.
The game is being televised live on eir Sports and will kick-off at 8 pm.
City go into the game on the back of three consecutive wins, with away victories against St. Pat’s (3-2) and Sligo Rovers (4-1) either side of a 2-0 home triumph over Waterford.
The home side began their season with consecutive scoreless draws, at home to Bray Wanderers and away to Shamrock Rovers, before discovering their goal-scoring touch in style with an 8-0 win at home to Limerick last week.
The sides have met already this year, with City emerging the victors in the President’s Cup at the same venue in what was very much a game of two halves; Dundalk led 2-0 at the interval after an impressive first half, before City turned it around with four second half goals to claim the win.
Speaking to the media at his weekly press conference, City boss John Caulfield said of the break:
“In some ways, it was good, because there was a bit of an overload in the first couple of weeks, so a few days off were welcome and gave guys a chance to recover. It probably dragged on a bit, but everyone was affected, so it was the same for everyone. We are back in since Sunday and back on track again.”
“The league is a marathon and this is the fourth game, so there is a long way to go and Friday’s game won’t determine anything. I think Dundalk will be back to basics; Gartland and O’Donnell didn’t play in the President’s Cup, but they are both back and you would expect they might come in. Hoban has a couple of games under his belt, so I expect they will be back to a familiar staring eleven.”
“They have played three games, they haven’t conceded, and they are unbeaten. They got eight goals in their last game and will feel they are right back on track. We know it will be an incredibly tough game; it is always difficult up there and nothing but a top performance from us will get us the result.”
“We said all along that we felt we would create more chances and score goals this year, and early indications are good, but there is a long way to go yet. Everyone is training hard and the guys on the bench are pushing to get games. It will be a very competitive game on Friday.”
Aaron Barry was also in attendance at the press conference, and he spoke about his first number of weeks at the club:
“It has been quite easy to settle in. We have had a good start, but we have probably conceded one or two sloppy goals, which I suppose you can put down to growing pains. The lads up front have been doing the business and, if they can keep doing that, we will be in a good position.”
“If we can maintain the start that we have had, then hopefully we can continue to be successful. Our job on Friday is to maintain that. We need to come out of the blocks sharp like we did against Sligo and, hopefully, we can do that.”
Josh O’Hanlon is back in training, but Friday is expected to come too soon for him, while Johnny Dunleavy is still working his way back to full fitness.
Referee: Paul McLaughlin.
Injury News: Johnny Dunleavy, Josh O’Hanlon.
Last meeting: Dundalk 2-4 Cork City
Last game: Sligo Rovers 1-4 Cork City
League Form (most recent game first): W W W
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Match Day 4 Fixtures
|Bohemians||0 - 1||St. Pat's|
|Limerick||1 - 0||Bray|
|Sligo||1 - 2||Waterford|
|Dundalk||1 - 0||Cork City|
|Sham. Rov||6 - 1||Derry City|