Cork City return to home league action tomorrow, as they face Finn Harps in a crucial game, as they aim to extend the gap between themselves and the Donegal outfit who currently occupy the relegation play-off position. This will be the fourth meeting of the sides this season, with City having won the first and taking a point from each of the next two.
The Rebel Army come into the game in search of their first victory since the arrival of Neale Fenn as Head Coach. Home losses against Sligo and Waterford followed by a defeat on the road against Dundalk, will see City come into the game hoping to overturn their poor run of form. The visitors come into the game in a similar vein of form having lost their previous three league games.
Speaking ahead of the game at his weekly press conference, Fenn said
“It’s a big pressure game, it’s going to be very tough. I know Finn Harps well from last season when we played them a few times at Longford. It won’t be easy, they won’t let us rest. They’ll make it difficult for us, and they’re a big threat from set-pieces. We’ve worked on a few bits and we think we should be able to win the game.”
“We’ll try to enforce our game on them. They’re coming to our home ground, so we feel that we should enforce our game on them. We need to be better, as I’ve said to the players, at the other end when we’re not attacking. We’ve worked on little pieces of that and they’ve taken it on board and we’re fully confident going into the game now.”
Fenn will be boosted by the return of Gearóid Morrissey to the squad, who is yet to feature under the new boss due to injury. “It’s great to have him back. He got a little niggle on the first day I was here, so it’s unfortunate that he hasn’t been available to me. It’s great to have him back and he’s trained well.”
On the injury front, Fenn confirmed that a lot of players who missed out on the last few games due to injury will be available, with Ronan Hurley definitely ruled out, along with long-term absentees Cian Murphy and Cian Bargary.
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Referee: Rob Hennessy.
Injury News: Cian Murphy, Cian Bargary, Ronan Hurley
Last game: Dundalk 1-0 City
Last meeting: Finn Harps 0-0 City
League Form (League, most recent game first): L L L W L
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Match Day 32 Fixtures
|Cork City||0 - 0||Finn Harps|
|Derry City||0 - 0||Bohemians|
Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium
|UCD||0 - 2||Sligo|
|Waterford||0 - 1||Dundalk|
|Sham. Rov||0 - 0||St. Pat's|