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Cork City To Take All Three Points At The Seaside

Cork City travel to the Carlisle Grounds on Friday to take on bottom-of-the-table Bray.

The home side are still searching for their first win of the season, while Cork are looking to make it back-to-back wins in the league, following a 3-0 home win versus Bohemians last time out.

The Seagulls come into the game off the back of a 0-3 defeat by First Division side Shelbourne in the League Cup on Monday night. In desperate need of a win, Bray are already six points behind second-bottom Sligo Rovers.

The Seasiders go into the game without the injured Darragh Gibbons who is out with a knee injury, while there are doubts over the fitness of Kevin Lynch (foot), Cory Galvin (groin injury) and Paul O’Conor (ankle). However, Daniel McKenna returns to the squad following international duty. 

The away team come into the game on the back of a 5-0 win over St Mary’s in the final of the Munster Senior Cup and are excepted to have a full squad to pick from, apart from Johnny Dunleavy who is continuing to recover from the cruciate ligament injury he picked up last June 

In his pre-match press conference, the Leesiders’ manager John Caulfield spoke about the challenge ahead.

“Bray is always a dangerous venue, always a venue where results are really tight. You have to prepare properly, and it is a big game for us. Every game we go to Bray, there is nothing between us and it is almost always a one-nil game. We have to be ready, our attitude has to be spot on, and if it isn’t, we won’t take the points. If it is, I expect us to take the points.”

Meanwhile, City defender Shane Griffin who was also in attendance at the press conference spoke about his role in City’s defence this season.

“It was only last year I was the new face in the back four and looking up the lads next to me, but now we have Conor McCarthy and Sean McLoughlin coming in, I am a more senior member of the back four. I think anyone who steps into our back four is well capable of performing and knows their job. It might be a surprise to some people how quickly they have settled in, but everyone around here expected it because we know how good they can be.”

The home side comes into the game having lost their last six games. Their only point picked up so far was in the opening game when they picked up a creditable draw away to Dundalk; a result that shows Bray are capable of mixing it with the very best on their day.

The Rebel Army comes into the game sitting top of the table one point ahead of both Dundalk and Waterford FC and having won five of seven games so far this season, suffering a loss and one draw.

If Bray are to finally get their first win of the season, players like Aaron Greene and Gary McCabe will have to be at their best. For the champions, a lot will rest on the performances of Kieran Sadlier and Graham Cummins. If they can continue their recent fine from, John Caulfield’s side should record a comfortable win.

Prediction: Cork City 3-1 Bray Wanderers

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.