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Date: 7:45 p.m. April 12, 2019
Venue: Turners Cross
Att: 2,406
TV:

Graham Cummins 36' -
Peno Scored: 36'


Red: 34'
- David Webster 34'

Scored: 90'
- Dean Clarke 90'



League Preview: Cork City -v- St Patrick's Athletic

Fri, Apr 12 2019

Mikey Drennan scored the only goal in the opening day meeting of these sides but misses out with suspension. Credit: Darragh Connolly

CORK CITY

Cork City will look to reverse a two-game losing streak in the league when they welcome St Patrick’s Athletic to Turner’s Cross on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

City followed up a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Dundalk two weeks ago with a 3-1 home defeat to Shamrock Rovers seven days ago.

A solitary goal from Dan Casey wasn’t enough for the Rebel Army last week as a brace from Aaron McEneff and one from Sean Kavanagh saw the Hoops to victory.

John Caulfield’s side have won just one of their four home league games this year, and they’ll face a tough test from a St Patrick’s Athletic fresh from their 1-0 win over Dundalk.

It was Pats who inflicted City’s first loss of the season on the opening day as Mikey Drennan scored the game’s only goal at Richmond Park.

“As a management team, we’ve suffered defeats before,” Caulfield told the club’s official website.

“We’ve been in situations where we’ve had a couple of weeks not go right. Ultimately, you have to get back and get players ready.

“The lads are disappointed, but now the most important game is Friday.

“Pats had a tremendous win last weekend. They’re a very experienced team but they brought in a lot of new players this year – Forrester, Brennan, Shaw, Clifford, McCabe.

“They’re certainly looking to challenge for the league or to be in Europe, and they’re on track for that.”

Daire O’Connor and Colm Horgan miss out with injury, while James Tilley is suspended, but Matthew Gillam returns while Darragh Crowley, Cian Bargary and Cian Murphy have been promoted from the under-19s.

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC

The Saints travel to Cork City in confidence following a shock 1-0 win over champions Dundalk at Richmond Park last week.

Harry Kenny’s side got eight points from their first four games but suffered three defeats on the bounce afterwards before overcoming the Lilywhites.

An own goal from Dan Cleary in first-half injury time did the damage with striker Mikey Drennan – who has scored all of Pats’ goals so far – suspended.

Drennan scored the only goal when Pats met Cork on the opening day but he continues to miss out after picking up a three-match ban for his sending-off against Bohemians.

"The win over Dundalk was great and I was delighted for the players as they really worked hard to get that result,” Kenny told the club’s media team.

“There was a great togetherness from everyone between players and supporters. We played reasonably well when we had the ball and we were very solid at the back.

"Cork were very difficult opponents for us earlier in the season. Turner's Cross is a hostile place and a difficult place to get a result.

“From our point of view, we need to replicate last week's performance. We need play with the same tempo that we did against Dundalk [and] play with the same composure

“If we perform like we did last week though, I'd be confident we can come away with something.

“I'd like to think we have that bit of confidence back and hopefully that will lead to us picking up a result on Friday."

Drennan sits the game out but Dean Clarke has recovered from a concussion, while Brandon Miele will face a late fitness test.

Referee: Paul McLaughlin.

MATCH STATS

The sides have met once so far this season, as Mikey Drennan’s goal gave the Saints a 1-0 win on the opening day at Richmond Park.

The sides met four times in the league last year as City took ten points from 12, the only blip a 1-1 draw at Turner’s Cross in August.

BETTING

Cork City 11/10; Draw 2/1; St Patrick’s Athletic 13/5.

PREDICTION

Cork City 1 – 1 St Patrick’s Athletic

Cork City

Injured: Colm Horgan, Daire O’Connor.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: James Tilley.

St Patrick’s Athletic

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Brandon Miele.

Suspended: Mikey Drennan.



Cork City
Mark McNulty
Goalkeeper
Alan Bennett
Defender
Dan Casey
20Booked: 20'
Defender
Conor McCarthy
Defender
Kevin O'Connor
81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Defender
Garry Buckley
Midfielder
Garry Comerford
Midfielder
Conor McCormack
Midfielder
GearĂ³id Morrissey
Midfielder
Cian Murphy
25'
25Subbed Off: 25'
Midfielder
Graham Cummins
36Peno: 36'
Forward

Substitutes
Gary Boylan
Defender
Darragh Crowley
25'
25Subbed On: 25'
Midfield
Matthew Gillam
Forward
Shane Griffin
81'
81Subbed On: 81'
Defender
Sean McLoughlin
Defender
Darragh Rainsford
Forward
Tadhg Ryan
Goalkeeper
St. Patrick's Athletic
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
Ian Bermingham
Defender
Lee Desmond
Defender
Kevin Toner
Defender
David Webster
Defender
34Sent off: 34'
Conor Clifford
Midfielder
Jamie Lennon
Midfielder 85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Simon Madden
Midfielder
Darragh Markey
Midfielder 73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Rhys McCabe
Midfielder
Gary Shaw
Forward

Substitutes
Dean Clarke
Forward
73Subbed On: 73'
73'
90Scored: 90'
Paul Cleary
Defender
Cian Coleman
Midfield
James Doona
Midfield
85Subbed On: 85'
85'
Ciaran Kelly
Defender
Barry Murphy
Goalkeeper
Jake Walker
Forward


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