Cork City FC will welcome supporters back to Turner’s Cross on Friday night for the first time since October 2020, as 600 people will be in attendance for the visit of Cabinteely.
The sides last met earlier in Stradbrook earlier in the season, with Cabinteely taking the points in a 1-0 victory over the Rebel Army.
City fell to a 1-0 defeat in their last game – the Cork derby against Cobh Ramblers at St. Colman’s Park, while Cabinteely were beaten 2-0 at home, by Wexford FC.
Speaking at his weekly press conference, City boss Colin Healy noted that while City expect a tough night, he was looking forward to the return of spectators to the Cross: “It’s great for the fans to get back in to Turner’s Cross. It’s great for us and it’s great for the players, it’s fantastic to know there’ll be fans at the game on Friday. The fans are special in Cork. We’ve got brilliant supporters and we can’t wait to welcome them back on Friday night.”
“It was a difficult game up in Stradbrook. We had a lot of possession, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net and they got a soft goal against us. They’re a well organised team, and coming down here they’ll be looking to put on a good display against us.”
“The players have had a few days off, but they came back in on Sunday and they’ve done well in training so we’re all looking forward to Friday night.”
Darragh Crowley has done well for the side in recent games, and he also spoke to the media midweek: “It’s been tough playing behind closed doors, but we had to deal with it. There’s no other team in the league that has anywhere near the amount of fans that we have, and we can’t wait to play with our supporters behind us on Friday night.”
“The last game against Cabinteely, was our second game as a group. A lot of new faces playing with each other. That’s not an excuse, but we’ve got 10 games behind us now, and with the fans behind us on Friday night, there’s no reason we can’t come away with the win.”
On the injury front, Steven Beattie is training, but a decision will be made if he will be involved on Friday, later in the week.
The match will be broadcast on LOI TV, with commentary from RedFM’s Ruairi O’Hagan and City legend Billy Woods. You can buy a season pass for €49, 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.
Referee: Ray Matthews
Injury News: Steven Beattie, Rob Slevin, Paul Hunt
Last game: Cobh Ramblers 1-0 City
Last meeting: Cabinteely 1-0 City
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