Cork City travel to Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening, as they face First Division side Galway United in the Second Round of the Extra.ie FAI Cup.
The Rebel Army needed a penalty shoot-out to progress past Cabinteely in the first round, having been held to a 2-2 draw after 120 minutes of football. The Tribesmen defeated non-league side Collinstown 2-1 on the road in the same round.
City come into the game after an impressive 2-1 victory over Waterford at the RSC last week. Yet another Conor McCarthy goal, as well as a first goal for Mark O’Sullivan since his return to the club, sealed the three points for the Leesiders in the Munster Derby. Friday’s hosts also notched an impressive away victory last week, defeating Cabinteely 1-0 in Stradbrook.
Speaking at his weekly press conference in Bishopstown, John Cotter gave his thoughts ahead of the game:
“It’ll be a tough game, no doubt. Going up there, you need to prepare right and give them the respect that they deserve. Hopefully we’ll go up there and do enough to get through. A lot of Premier Division teams had tough games in the last round against First Division sides. They’ll cause us a few problems, but it’s how you approach the game too. It’ll be a tough game no doubt, but hopefully the attitude will be right and we’ll perform well and get to the quarter finals.”
“I thought we played well the other night and deserved the three points. We played very well in the second half and scored two great goals. It was important to win, to try and get that bit of momentum. I thought the crowd that was down in Waterford on Friday night was brilliant. The support they gave the players was outstanding. Hopefully we can do enough to get through on Friday because a cup run is great, it keeps your season alive and it’s a great competition to be in involved in. We need to perform on Friday and make sure we’re still in the hat.”
Conor McCormack misses out through suspension, while Cian Bargary and Cian Murphy are still sidelined through injury. Other than that, City hope to have a full squad to choose from.
Referee: Rob Rogers
Injury News: Cian Bargary, Cian Murphy
Suspensions: Conor McCormack
Last FAI Cup game: Cabinteely 2-2 Cork City (City win 5-4 on penalties)
Last league game: Waterford 1-2 Cork City
Last meeting: Cork City 2-1 Galway United (2017)
League Form (League, most recent game first): W L D D D
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