Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. July 31, 2017
Venue: Turners Cross
Ref: Rob Rogers
Att: 3,590
TV:

Peno Scored: 63'
- George Poynton 63'



League Preview: Cork City -v- Bohemians

Mon, Jul 31 2017

Cork City's Gearoid Morrissey tackles Bohemians' Lorcan Fitzgerald during the league leaders' 2-0 win at Dalymount Park in April. Credit: Martin Doherty

CORK CITY

Cork City inched one step closer to the Premier Division title on Saturday night as Dundalk were held to a 1-1 draw by Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.

 

The result means the Leesiders now need just 11 points from 11 games to seal the title, beginning with the visit of Bohemians to Turner's Cross on Monday (kick-off 7.45pm).

 

On Friday night, City endured a scare when former Rebel Army midfielder Gavan Holohanshot Galway United into an early lead at the Cross.

 

The Tribesmen led at the break but second-half goals from Garry Buckley and Lee Grace in his own net ensured John Caulfield's side retain their unbeaten league record.

 

“We have a few tired bodies after Friday night, but the mood and the atmosphere in the squad is fantastic,” Caulfield told the club's website.

 

“We have a tough week ahead with the game on Monday, a game Friday and another game the following Monday, so we will have to do a bit of rotation.

 

“Bohs have been a phenomenal away team this season; their away form has been better than their home form and you saw that on Friday night when that they beat Rovers.

 

“They are always tough and gutsy and they have some excellent players, but we are at home and we are in good form.

 

“We know there are another important three points on offer that we need to take. It is going to be a tough game, but there are no excuses at this stage in the season.”

 

Caulfield will be without defenders Alan Bennett and John Dunleavy through injured but will otherwise have a full squad to choose from.

 

 

 

BOHEMIANS

Bohemians arrive at Turner's Cross on the back of a well-deserved 2-1 victory over Shamrock Rovers in the Dublin Derby at Tallaght Stadium on Friday night.

 

Goals from Ismahil Akinade and Dinny Corcoran ensured the Gypsies avoided the ignominy of a clean sweep of defeats to their closest rivals this season.

 

The victory didn't come without its costs, however, as captain Derek Pender and Paddy Kavanagh withdrawn with injuries and they won't be risked again so soon.

 

Goalkeeper Greg Murray again misses out with a hand injury so 16-year-old Kian Clarke will again deputise for Shane Supple.

 

Manager Keith Long may be forced to make difficult decisions about other members of his part-time squad as they face two games in little over three days.

 

Akinade, who made his first start in 11 months on Friday after recovering from a condition that saw his spleen removed, may not be risked so soon after making his comeback.

 

 

 

Referee: Rob Rogers

 

 

MATCH STATS

Cork City and Bohemians have met just once this season as goals in either half from Karl Sheppard and Garry Buckley condemned the Gypsies to a harsh defeat at Dalymount Park in April.

 

The sides played three times last year, with City winning two games and the third finishing in a draw. Sean Maguire scored his first two goals for City in the opening day win at Turner's Cross.

 

 

BETTING

Cork City 2/7; Draw 9/2; Bohemians 9/1.

 

PREDICTION

Cork City 3 – 0 Bohemians

 

 

Cork City

Injured: Alan Bennett, John Dunleavy.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Bohemians

Injured: Paddy Kavanagh (rib), Greg Murray (hand), Derek Pender (hamstring).

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Cork City
Mark McNulty
Goalkeeper
Conor McCarthy
Defender
Jimmy Keohane
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Defender
Shane Griffin
Defender
Ryan Delaney
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Defender
Garry Buckley
Midfielder
Greg Bolger
Midfielder
Steven Beattie
Midfielder
Karl Sheppard
Forward
Stephen Dooley
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Forward
Achille Campion
Forward

Substitutes
Robbie Williams
46'
46Subbed On: 46'
Defender
Alan Smith
Goalkeeper
Kieran Sadlier
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Midfield
GearĂ³id Morrissey
Midfield
Sean McLoughlin
Defender
Conor McCormack
Midfield
Connor Ellis
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Forward
Bohemians
Shane Supple
Goalkeeper
Dan Casey
Defender 71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Rob Cornwall
Defender
Ian Morris
Defender
Warren O'Hora
Defender 11'
11Subbed Off: 11'
Oscar Brennan
Midfielder
56Booked: 56'
Ciaran O'Connor
Midfielder
45Booked: 45'
George Poynton
Midfielder
63Peno: 63'
90Booked: 90'
Fuad Sule
Midfielder
Keith Ward
Midfielder
Ismahil Akinade
Forward 67'
67Subbed Off: 67'

Substitutes
Daniel Byrne
Defender
11Subbed On: 11'
11'
Kian Clarke
Goalkeeper
Dinny Corcoran
Forward
67Subbed On: 67'
67'
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
Philip Gannon
Midfield
Dylan Hayes
Defender
71Subbed On: 71'
71'
Eoghan Morgan
Midfield


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