Stephen Walsh is here to preview Friday’s League of Ireland games in the Premier Division.
Cork City vs UCD
This is the televised game for this weekend and will have a later kick off of 8.05pm. Cork City is currently on a good run of form having not conceded a goal in the league since the 20th of May 2014, in that time they have got six victories and a draw.
UCD on the other hand don’t have the same luxury and beat Sligo for their first victory in nine as they tried to stop moving in the direction of relegation. UCD haven’t beaten City away since the last game of the 2002/2003 season where Alan Gallen got the winning goal. UCD will hoping to claim their first victory this decade in Turners Cross but the bookies aren’t giving them much chance with UCD rated as high as 11/1 with Paddy Power to claim all three points.
Cork City will be without Captain John Dunleavy owing to suspension while both Gearóid Morrissey and Darren Murphy will miss out due to injury. Late fitness tests will be given to Iarfhlaith Davoren and Gavin Kavanagh before the game tonight.
UCD have a similar number of injuries tonight with both Chris Mulhall and Dean Clarke definitely ruled out while Mark Langtry and Ian Ryan will be subject to late fitness tests before the game.
Bray Wanderers vs Shamrock Rovers
Bray Wanderers will welcome Shamrock Rovers to the Carlisle Grounds tonight ahead of their much anticipated friendly with Manchester United XI on the Sunday. Martin O’Neill will be a spectator for the game tonight where he’ll be seeing if Shamrock Rovers can get back in the hunt for the league after losing 1-0 to current leaders Dundalk last Sunday in Tallaght.
Bray Wanderers are currently eleventh in the league but will hoping for the new signings of Philip Hughes and Joe Gorman to be approved by the league ahead of the fixture tonight so as to give them increased strike power ahead of the game tonight. Wanderers have been decimated in recent weeks with injuries to Eric McGill, Adam Hanlon, Robert Maloney and David Webster while late tests will be given to Ismahil Akinade and Graham Kelly.
Shamrock Rovers have Rob Cornwell injured while ex international Stephen McPhail still remains out owing to his red card vs St. Pats. Trevor Croly believes tonight’s game is the perfect chance for his side to climb back up the table by saying “A lot of work has been done this week with a view to addressing the problems that were identified from last week. And we will be looking to get back to winning ways on Friday night.”
Stephen Walsh, Pundit Arena.
Bray Wanderers v Shamrock Rovers, Carlisle Grounds, 19:45.
Cork City v UCD, Turner’s Cross, 20:05. (Live on Setanta Ireland).
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Waterford United v Wexford Youths, RSC, 19:45.
Finn Harps v Galway, Finn Park, 20:00.