Team news ahead of UCD match

Cork City FC will be looking to build on last week’s victory over Wexford as they take on UCD on Friday evening.

Goals from academy graduates Cian Murphy, Darragh Crowley and Beineón O’Brien-Whitmarsh secured a 5-0 victory for City last Friday – a first win for City since the opening day victory over Cobh Ramblers at Turner’s Cross. UCD come into the came off the back of an impressive 3-2 victory over Treaty United, having trailed 2-0 at half-time in the game. Friday’s hosts currently sit top or First Division table, while City sit in seventh.

Speaking at his weekly press conference, City manager Colin Healy was looking to build on the positives of their most recent outing: “It was a great team performance last week, and we got some good goals. There’s confidence around the training ground at the moment ahead of what will be another very difficult game on Friday against UCD.”

“They’re a good side. It’s a big pitch up there, and they’ve got a good way of playing. We’ve had a look at videos of their games. The system they play allows them to play good football. It’s going to be a difficult game, but a good game. We’re looking forward to it and we’ll have our boys ready.”

Midfielder Jack Baxter also spoke to the media this week, and he spoke about the transition to playing in the League of Ireland: “It’s a good standard, to be fair. I was surprised at how good the quality is. It’s slightly different to playing Championship football, but it’s a very good standard. You’ve got to work to pass the ball and earn your right to play. It’s very physical.

“Friday’s game will be a very tough game, we understand that and we’re preparing for that. We’ll do everything we can to come back with three points. We went through a tough spell, but we’ve managed to end that. The two clean sheets were very important.”

George Heaven, Cory Galvin and Steven Beattie still out, but Gearóid Morrissey has returned to training and may be involved on Friday.

The match will be broadcast on LOI TV. You can buy a season pass for €79, or purchase a single match pass for just €5. You can also buy a 2021 Cork City FC Season Card, which gets you a stream pass as well as many other benefits. A digital copy of the match programme can be purchased here.

Referee: Oliver Moran

Injury News: Josh Honohan, Rob Slevin, Steven Beattie, Cory Galvin, George Heaven

Last game: City 5-0 Wexford

Last meeting: City 3-2 UCD  (11/10/2019)

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

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