Cork City and Bohemians meet again, as they battle it out for a place in the FAI Cup final.
The sides meet in the semi-final replay at Turner’s Cross on Monday night, having drawn one-all at Dalymount Park a week ago.
City come into the game on the back of a 0-0 draw away to Shamrock Rovers on Friday night, in a game that saw John Caulfield make a raft of changes with Monday’s tie in mind. The visitors did likewise, as they suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Waterford.
The sides have met four times in the league this season, with City enjoying a 100% record until Bohs’ triumph at Dalymount Park a couple of weeks ago. At Dalymount Park, the sides have a win apiece; 2-0 for City in April and 4-2 for Bohs last month.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of the game, City boss John Caulfield said:
“We have a few knocks and we are monitoring them ahead of the game. The lads did great on Friday night, it was great for them to get a clean sheet and they are all buzzing after that.”
Reflecting on last week’s draw, Caulfield said:
“The lads showed massive character and determination. I thought in the first half we were very good. In the second half Bohs took the game to us but I think you have to admire the fact that, when we went a goal down, they showed determination and showed the type of people that we have at the club. They kept going right to the end and they got their reward.”
“It’s back to our place tomorrow night, in front of a full house and we are looking forward to it. We know it is a very dangerous game and we will have to be at our best. In the last week, we have had two good performances and that helps to bring the confidence back.”
“It’s a cup semi-final and the fact that we are at home, in front of our own fans, is good for us. What we must focus on is us giving the kind of performance that we have for most of the season. While we went through a rocky patch, in the last ten days we have got back to basics and we need a big performance tomorrow night.”
Steven Beattie is ruled out of the tie after suffering an injury in the last meeting between the sides, joining Colm Horgan and Johnny Dunleavy on the sidelines. There are also doubts over the availability of Karl Sheppard, Alan Bennett and Kieran Sadlier.
Referee: Neil Doyle
Injury News: Colm Horgan, Johnny Dunleavy, Steven Beattie, Alan Bennett, Karl Sheppard, Kieran Sadlier
Last game: Shamrock Rovers 0-0 Cork City
FAI Cup Match History: Click Here
League Form (League, most recent game first): D L L L D
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