Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 30, 2019
Venue: Turners Cross
Att: 2,469

Dan Casey 33' -
Scored: 33'


Shane Griffin 63' -
Scored: 63'


Scored: 31'
- Romeo Parkes 31'

Scored: 43'
- Rónán Coughlan 43'

Scored: 61'
- Romeo Parkes 61'

Scored: 85'
- Rónán Coughlan 85'


League Preview: Cork City -v- Sligo Rovers

Fri, Aug 30 2019

Credit: John Doyle

Cork City:

Neale Fenn takes charge for the first time as Cork City host Sligo Rovers at Turners Cross (kick off 7:45).

Tonight’s fixture rounds off a mixed week for the club, following a number of announcements both and off the field. The club had their earliest first FAI Cup loss in five years last Friday, after Conor Melody’s half time strike saw Galway United win 1-0 at Eammon Deacy Park. In the aftermath, City were quick to respond with the appointment of the now former Longford Town manager; and former City player Fenn. When things looked to be normalizing, City where handed another shock last Tuesday, when first team coach and the person supposed to be Fenn’s number two, John Cotter announced his resignation from the club.

Now after a full week with the first team, Fenn will be looking to change fortunes for the Rebel Army who have not won for fifteen weeks.

“It’s very important (to get off to a winning start) just from a morale point of view and for the crowd.

“It’s a big game for us. It’s a chance for the boys now to play their way into the team and try to stay there until the end of the season and I’m sure they’ll be up for it; I’m really looking forward to it. I’m expecting a tough game. Liam Buckley’s teams always try and play, they’ve got some good players and they scored 6 in the cup last week. It’s going to be tough but that’s what I’m here for.”

Sweeping changes to style and tactics were certainly ruled out, with Fenn admitting confidence building was key through tonight’s tie,

“For Friday’s game, I’m not going to go in there and make huge changes because there just isn’t enough time, we just need to get a bit of a tune out of some of the players that have been underperforming, and get them playing and enjoying themselves and get them a bit of confidence.”

In team news, City will be without Conor McCarthy through suspension with Cian Murphy and Cian Bargary also unavailable.

 

Sligo Rovers:

Sligo will be boosted in their travels, following last Saturday’s FAI Cup thriller over Limerick at the Showgrounds. Trailing 2-0 after nine minutes, the home side battled back through goals from Ronan Coughlan, Regan Donelan, David Cawley, Kristopher Twardek and a brace from Romeo Parks.

“There is a bit of spring in the players after the win last week.

“It will be a busy period over the next few weeks and while we don’t have huge numbers that doesn’t bother me because the group we have are working extremely hard and relishing the training and the matches.

“We have that small lead over Cork and if we can get a positive result it will set us up to stay ahead of them. I want us to finish ahead of all of the teams below us in the table and we’ll need some good results to do so. We’d like to get as close to the teams above us as possible too”

Niall Morahan returns to the squad following injury. Johnny Dunleavy and Danny Kane are set for late fitness tests. There are no suspensions.

Referee: Robert Harvey

 

Match Stats:

This will be the fourth meeting between the sides in 2019, after two draws and one win between the sides. The solitary win belongs to Cork City, who ran out 2-1 winners at the Showgrounds last March.  

Cork City have not won a home league game since May 10th, a run which has only been highlighted by an ongoing goal drought at the club. In this period, City have scored just one goal at home, which came their 1-1 draw against Shamrock Rovers last month.

 

Betting:

Cork City 10/11, Draw 23/10, Sligo Rovers 3/1.

 

Prediction:

Cork City 1-0 Sligo Rovers

 

Cork City:

Injured: Cian Murphy and Cian Bargary

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Conor McCarthy

 

Sligo Rovers:

Injured: Johnny Dunleavy and Danny Kane.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.


Cork City
Mark McNulty
Goalkeeper
Colm Horgan
Defender
Shane Griffin
63Scored: 63'
Defender
Dan Casey
33Scored: 33'
Defender
Alan Bennett
Defender
Daire O'Connor
Midfielder
Conor McCormack
Midfielder
Joel Coustrain
Midfielder
Garry Buckley
Midfielder
Karl Sheppard
Forward
Eoghan Stokes
Forward

Substitutes
Tadhg Ryan
Goalkeeper
Mark O'Sullivan
Forward
Beineon O'Brien Whitmarsh
Forward
Josh Honohan
Defender
Dale Holland
Midfield
Darragh Crowley
Midfield
Alec Byrne
Midfield
Sligo Rovers
Edward McGinty
Goalkeeper
Lewis Banks
Defender
David Cawley
Defender
64Booked: 64'
Regan Donelon
Defender
John Mahon
Defender
Kyle McFadden
Defender
38Booked: 38'
Daryl Fordyce
Midfielder
John Russell
Midfielder
Rónán Coughlan
Forward
43Scored: 43'
85Scored: 85'
Romeo Parkes
Forward
31Scored: 31'
61Scored: 61'
Kris Twardek
Forward

Substitutes
Dante Leverock
Defender
Luke McNicholas
Goalkeeper
Niall Morahan
Midfield
Brian Morley
Midfield
Ronan Murray
Forward
Sam Warde
Midfield
Niall Watson
Unknown