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CCFC v Sligo- Team news & coverage

Cork City will look to end a poor run of form as they welcome Sligo Rovers to Turner’s Cross on Easter Monday.

Supporters are reminded that the game will kick-off at the earlier time of 5 pm.

City suffered a second consecutive defeat on Friday against Waterford at the RSC, while their last home game saw St. Pat’s claim a late equaliser to draw 1-1. The visitors’ last outing was a 2-1 defeat away to the Saints, while their two previous games saw them pick up four points at home, thanks to a win over Dundalk and a draw with Waterford. The sides have met already this season, with City claiming a 2-1 win at the Showgrounds in the third game of the season.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, City boss John Caulfield said: “We are back at home, but we are on a very difficult run at the moment. I think we played very well in the first half on Friday in Waterford, and the game was on a knife-edge up to the 75th minute but, at the moment, we are not creating as many chances as we would like. It is a huge game for us but the team are giving everything; it has been a tough run for them.”

“Sligo are on a good run at the moment; they beat Dundalk a few weeks ago, drew with Waterford, beat Finn Harps… We know Johnny Dunleavy and Ronan Coughlan, who both had spells here, but they are a big physical team and they have done really well over the last few weeks. They have also done very well in Cork over the last few years, so it will be a tough game for us. I am sure Sligo will fancy their chances with the run we are on at the moment, and we have to halt that run urgently.”

 

“They are a young team and they are learning very quickly; there is great unity within the team but we need results. If you keep working hard, which we are doing, you will break your bad luck. It is a huge game for us tomorrow and we need that positive support right behind the lads from the start to help us turn this around. We will turn it around, but we need to do it urgently; the last number of games have been very disappointing but we are all determined to try and turn it around tomorrow.”

 

“There are ten games gone in the season, so we still have nearly three quarters of the season to go. There are number of teams boxed in together in the middle of the table with only four or five points between all of them. At the moment, we haven’t been taking results, so we have to look at ourselves, it is a home game for us so we need to put the pressure on Sligo, see can we play to our best, score goals and win the match. We were in yesterday, we are in today and the lads are determined to go out and get that positive result. We know it will be a huge challenge, but we hope tomorrow will be the day that we turn it around.”

City go into the game with a number of injury concerns; Colm Horgan, Alan Bennett, Karl Sheppard and Cian Murphy all look set to miss out again, with a number of other players still being assessed after Friday’s game in Waterford. On a positive note for Caulfield, Garry Comerford returns to the squad after being suspended for Friday’s game in Waterford.

Read Monday’s match programme, City Edition online for only €2: Click here

Referee: Ray Matthews

Injury News: Colm Horgan, Cian Murphy, Karl Sheppard, Alan Bennett

Suspensions: None

Last game: Waterford 2-0 City

Last meeting: Sligo Rovers 1-2 City

League Form (League, most recent game first): L D L L W

Online Coverage

We will have live online coverage of the game.

Updates will be provided on our official Twitter account (@CorkCityFC), as well as updates of key incidents on our official Facebook page.

We will also have reports and reaction on SoundcloudPodcast and CorkCityFC.ie

Don’t forget to tune in to our social media channels for all the latest news and exclusive content, and you can use our official hashtag for all of your posts – #CCFC84

 

Online Coverage

We will have live online coverage of the game.

Updates will be provided on our official Twitter account (@CorkCityFC), as well as updates of key incidents on our official Facebook page.

We will also have reports and reaction on Soundcloud, Podcast and CorkCityFC.ie 

Don't forget to tune in to our social media channels for all the latest news and exclusive content, and you can use our official hashtag for all of your posts- #CCFC84

   

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