Derry City entertain second placed Cork City this Friday night at the Brandywell knowing that a win could potentially take them into fifth place ahead of Sligo Rovers.
Cork City have proven to be the better of the two teams this season with a Darren Dennehy header in March sealing three points at the Brandywell. While in Peter Hutton’s first game as Derry City manager Cork City ran out 2-0 winners at Turners Cross thanks to a Billy Dennehy penalty and a Gearóid Morrissey strike from distance.
Derry City come into this game after a 2-0 defeat to Shamrock Rovers last Friday while before that they had been unbeaten for four games. Cork City on the other hand come into this game after beating St. Pats 1-0 last week thanks to a Colin Healy goal and the result has helped the mood in camp with John Caulfield saying to the media
“There’s no doubt it gave us a boost. At training this week, you could see that. We’re still there; we’re six ahead of Rovers and Pat’s and four behind Dundalk.”
Derry City manager Peter Hutton spoke to the londonderrysentinel.co.uk about the defeat to Rovers last week when he said
“I was happy enough with the performance. We weren’t clinical enough, if we took a couple of chances, we’d have gone in a few goals ahead at half time. But we’ll draw a line under it, take positives and move on”.
Cork City has a lengthy suspension list to deal with ahead of the game with Colin Healy, Gary Buckley and Billy Dennehy all suspended for the trip north. Rob Lehane will be out for another few weeks with his ankle injury, while Darren Murphy cancelled his contract with the club this week by mutual consent yet will remain with the club for treatment. Brian Lenihan has recovered from concussion and is expected to start tomorrow night.
Derry City don’t have as many worries ahead of the game but Ryan McBride and Barry Molloy are carrying knocks and not expected to play while Rory Patterson is suspended for the Candystripes.
John Caulfield is fully aware of the challenge that will face his side tomorrow night when he said
“Derry’s form at home has been fantastic; Peter (Hutton) has turned them around and they are scoring goals. They’re really on a high. They have a very strong local team, very attacking and we know it will be a difficult game for us. We must keep our concentration and we will have to give a top performance if we want to get a result”.
Peter Hutton believes the visitors will travel with high expectations following the victory last week when he said
“They will be buoyed by their victory over St Pats and the fact that Dundalk drew. They will feel that this opens the League for them. The games between us this season have been very different games. The first game here it was a howler of a game and they scored with a set piece on a difficult surface, it probably needed a set piece for someone to win it”
Stephen Walsh, Pundit Arena.