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Date: 7:45 p.m. July 23, 2018
Venue: Turners Cross
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Garry Buckley 19' -
Scored: 19'


Jimmy Keohane 34' -
Scored: 34'


Garry Buckley 48' -
Scored: 48'


Damien Delaney 61' -
Scored: 61'


Rónán Coughlan 85' -
Scored: 85'




League Preview: Cork City -v- Derry City

Mon, Jul 23 2018

Karl Sheppard of Cork City. Credit: Steve Alfred

CORK CITY

Cork City return to league action tonight, with the visit of far away rivals Derry City to Turner’s Cross (kick off 7:45).

Wedged in between European legs, City tonight will be hoping to get back to winning ways with the champions without a win in four competitive games following last week’s 3-0 loss against Legia Warsaw in the UEFA Champions League.

Having not won a game since last June’s 1-0 injury time win over Bohemians at the Cross, the Rebel Army trail Dundalk four points in the race for top spot, but for John Caulfield all that matters is three points on the board and nothing else.

“The Legia game is gone, but the reason we got there is because we won the league last year,” he told the club’s website.

“We are in a great position to challenge for the title again this year, but we have to bounce back and put points on the board.

“We can’t afford not to win matches because, if we drift away, then there won’t be a challenge for the title. Three points tomorrow night, for me, would put us back on track.”

Despite his side’s earlier 4-2 win against Derry back in June, Caulfield was taking nothing for granted with the visit tonight.

“They have brought a number of new players in and refreshed their squad; we could see, the other night, they had a fantastic away win in Europe.

“At the same time, our lads know what they have to do, which is to get back to putting points on the board.

“We are league champions and our priority is to see if we can retain our title, and we need to try and start that with a win tomorrow night”

In team news, City will be without Conor McCarthy, Colm Horgan and Achille Campion with injury, but there is good news with Mark McNulty and Gearóid Morrissey back in contention for the Rebel Army.

DERRY CITY

After Thursday’s bittersweet win over Dinamo Minisk in the Europa League, which saw the Candystripes bow out 3-2 on aggregate, Derry face another long journey to Turner’s Cross.

Re-energized from Thursday’s preformance and raring to go once again, Kenny Shiels was itching to go again with tonight’s encounter.

Having only one once at the Cross in his three seasons at Derry, a 2-1 EA Sports Cup win in May 2016, Shiels is eager to improve that record with tonight’s visit.

“We have a shocking league record at Turners Cross so I’d like to do something about that if we could,” the Derry boss told the club’s website.

The Derry native was quick to just regain focus on the league campaign and secure a European spot for the 2019/20 season,

“The challenge for us now is to stay in the race for another crack at Europe next year and that’s what we’ll be focussing on”

Derry will be without the suspended Rory Hale, while Nickly Low is out through injury.

 

MATCH STATS

This will be the third league meeting between the sides in 2018.

An enthralling 0-0 at the Brandywell in May saw both Ronan Curtis and Sean McLaughlin shoot wide in the dying embers in what was a well said draw between the sides.

Last June’s encounter was a classic, with City winning 4-2.

Derry’s last league win in Turners Cross was in March 2013, when an injury time penalty from Rory Patterson gave the Candystripes a rare win on Leeside.

Since taking over, Kenny Shiels has only had one win down south, with a 2-1 victory over City in the EA Sports Cup in May 2016.

 

BETTING

Cork City 3/1, Draw 7/2, Derry City 7/1.

PREDICTION

Cork City 3 – 0 Derry City.

 

Cork City

Injured: Conor McCarthy, Colm Horgan, Achille Campion.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Derry City

Injured: Nickly Low.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Rory Hale. 



Cork City
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Steven Beattie
Defender
Damien Delaney
61Scored: 61'
Defender
Shane Griffin
Defender
Conor McCormack
Defender
Sean McLoughlin
69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
Defender
Garry Buckley
19Scored: 19'
48Scored: 48'
Midfielder
Graham Cummins
66'
66Subbed Off: 66'
Forward
Jimmy Keohane
34Scored: 34'
Forward
Barry McNamee
Forward
Karl Sheppard
76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Forward

Substitutes
Aaron Barry
69'
69Subbed On: 69'
Defender
Alan Bennett
Defender
Rónán Coughlan
66'
66Subbed On: 66'
85Scored: 85'
Forward
John Dunleavy
Defender
Mark McNulty
Goalkeeper
Josh O'Hanlon
Midfield
Kieran Sadlier
76'
76Subbed On: 76'
Midfield
Derry City
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper
Darren Cole
Defender
12Booked: 12'
Gavin Peers
Defender
54Booked: 54'
56'
56Subbed Off: 56'
Dan Seaborne
Defender
Aaron Splaine
Defender
Ronan Hale
Midfielder
Jamie McDonagh
Midfielder
45Booked: 45'
56'
56Subbed Off: 56'
Aaron McEneff
Midfielder
Dean Shiels
Midfielder
Ben Fisk
Forward 62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Alistair Roy
Forward

Substitutes
Adrian Delap
Midfield
62Subbed On: 62'
62'
Ben Doherty
Defender
Cathal Farren
Forward
Conor McDermott
Defender
56Subbed On: 56'
56'
Eoin Toal
Defender
56Subbed On: 56'
56'
Evan Tweed
Midfield


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