The last fixture between these two settled the destination of the league. It’s too early for that possibility just yet, pride and points are on the line at Turners Cross tonight.
A big crowd is expected at Turners Cross on Friday for this highly anticipated top of the table clash. The matches between these teams decided the destination of the league title in 2014. Without Dundalk’s three wins over their title rivals City would have won the league by 7 clear points. The importance of this fixture will therefore not be lost on John Caulfield’s City team who have been accused of trying to avoid defeat more than attempting to win any of the games against the teams deemed to be title challengers.
All those ties came away from Turners Cross though were the Rebel Army are an entirely different prospect. In recent visits teams of the calibre of Derry City and Shamrock Rovers have left Leeside on the back of heavy beatings. Dundalk however will come prepared having been the only team to storm the Curragh Road Fortress last season.
Kenny’s charges will look to in-form Richie Towell for inspiration and having already scored 3 goals this week against Galway United he will hope to be the hero again tonight. Former City winger Daryl Horgan will be a threat once again dribbling down the left wing at pace and will have to face the boo’s and heckles from the City crowd that he has come to expect.
City were also comfortable winners on Monday beating a travelling Longford side 2-0 while controlling possession throughout. The return of Colin will help counter the threat of Towell and should he start Rebel Army captain John Dunleavy may find himself dropped to the bench as he previous position at right back in now sown up by the in-form John Kavanagh.
Fans are advised to arrive early and tickets for tonight’s game are available in various locations including Soho Bar, The Club Shop in Douglas and online on Ticketmaster. Cork City have also generously reduced the price on tickets on Ticketmaster to negate the admin fee.
Pundit Arena Prediction: Cork City 2-0 Dundalk
Last 3 meetings:
24.10.2014 (LGE) Dundalk 2-0 Cork City (O’Donnell 47, Gartland 82)
01.08.2014 (LGE) Cork City 1-2 Dundalk (D. Dennehy 83; Towell 15, Gartland 85)
02.05.2014 (LGE) Dundalk 4-0 Cork City (Mountney 8, Hoban 18, 35, Towell 47)
Probable Starting Line-ups:
Cork City FC: Mark Mc Nulty, John Kavanagh, Darren Dennehy, Alan Bennett, Ross Gaynor, Colin Healy, Liam Miller, Gary Buckley, Kieran Djalali, Billy Dennehy, Mark O’ Sullivan
Dundalk: Gabriel Sava; Sean Gannon, Brian Gartland, Andy Boyle, Dane Massey; Richie Towell, Chris Shields; Darren Meenan, Ronan Finn Daryl Horgan; David McMillan