Cork City are in action at Turner’s Cross for the second time in a week on Friday, as they welcome St. Patrick’s Athletic.
City, who will be wearing limited edition “pride” jerseys, in partnership with Cork Pride, will look to pick up their first victory of the season over the Dublin side, having lost the opening game of the season in Richmond Park, and drawing the other two after Pat’s scored late equalising goals.
City come into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw against Shamrock Rovers in Turner’s Cross on Sunday, a game in which Daire O’Connor scored his first league goal for the club. St. Pat’s enter the game having been beaten 1-0 by Dundalk last Saturday.
The Rebel Army will be boosted by the availability of new signing Eoghan Stokes. The striker arrived at the club on Wednesday morning, having left Derry City, and hopes to have an impact on the side’s goalscoring form: “I just want to come in, play all the games, score a few goals and try to make a good season of it.”
Speaking at the weekly press conference in Bishopstown, John Cotter looked forward to the game: “They got late goals in the game down here and the last game in Richmond Park. It would be great to get a win, but we know we have to put in a performance like we did last Sunday and the previous week. We wouldn’t be saying that we owe them one, but we just need to go and put in a performance and get the three points and try to get a bit of momentum.”
“The supporters last Sunday (against Rovers) were brilliant. They got right behind the team and even at the final whistle, the ovation that the players got going off was well deserved. The support here has been brilliant; I always say, and I’ll say it again, that they should never underestimate the role that they play in games.
On the injury front, Cian Murphy and Cian Bargary remain on the injured list, but it looks as though everyone else will be available. New signing Eoghan Stokes comes into contention, while Karl Sheppard and Garry Buckley both return from suspension, having missed the Rovers game.
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Referee: Ben Connolly
Injury News: Cian Murphy, Cian Bargary
Last game: Cork City 1-1 Shamrock Rovers
Last meeting: St. Patrick’s Athletic 1-1 Cork City
League Form (League, most recent game first): D D D L D
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Match Day 28 Fixtures
|UCD||1 - 3||Derry City|
|Cork City||0 - 1||St. Pat's|
|Finn Harps||1 - 0||Bohemians|
|Sham. Rov||2 - 1||Waterford|
|Sligo||0 - 2||Dundalk|