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Unbeaten Cork City Host A Resurgent Derry City

Cork City take on a resurgent Derry City side this Friday night as the Leesiders host Peter Hutton’s men at Turner’s Cross. 

Cork City currently sit second in the table with a 5-0 hammering of Limerick standing out as their most exceptional result.

John Caulfield’s side approach this game as the favourites after their win over Bray, but following a 3-0 victory over Drogheda United last weekend, Hutton’s men will be reinvigorated as they make the 300 mile trip to Turner’s Cross.

Cork City manager John Caulfield, speaking to this week spoke of his dissatisfaction at being unable to penetrate Bray Wanderers more.

“The frustrating thing was that we didn’t score more goals. We created sixteen opportunities and we had seven or eight really good chances, which we looked at the other day. The difference between this year and last year is that we are creating a lot of chances. We are back to second in the table and we are happy with our start after five matches.”

Commenting on the opposition he said that,

“Derry are a very strong team with a lot of local players and Peter Hutton has some really good players in his squad. They are a very dangerous side and they will come and have a go, but if we play to form I think we can win the match.”

“I think in the two home games so far we have been very entertaining and I think our crowd understand we have a very good, passionate team. Last year we had a gutsy team, but I think this year we are gutsy with a bit more class about us.”

The Brandywell club travel to Cork with a terrible record in Turner’s Cross, having won just one game in their last 21 league visits to Leeside.

Despite Turner’s Cross being an attractive venue to play in, Derry manager Peter Hutton is well aware of how difficult a stadium it can be for opposing teams.

 “Cork City away in Turner’s cross is always one of the fixtures as a a player and now as a manager you look forward to. The pitch is always in good condition and the atmosphere in the ground is always great and that is what you, as a player looked forward to.

“Don’t get me wrong, Turner’s Cross has always been a difficult venue to go to and get anything at the best of times. And during the off season John (Caulfield) has strengthened what was already a very, very good squad when you consider that they were just pipped to the title on the last day.

“And the acquisition of the likes of Karl Sheppard, Liam Miller and Alan Bennett to the squad just to name a few, they have added real strength in depth, with experienced players so they are a formidable outfit.”

Should Cork City record a victory tonight, they will go within one point of table toppers Dundalk ahead of the Lilywhites’ game with Limerick tomorrow night, while Derry could leapfrog St. Pat’s with a result.


Pundit Arena Prediction

Cork City 2-1 Derry City


Team News

Cork City

Injuries: Michael McSweeney, Colin Healy, Danny Morrissey


Derry City 

Injuries: Josh Daniels (ankle), Shaun Kelly (knee), Dean Jarvis (toe), Stephen Dooley (back)


Match Officials

Referee: Robert Harvey

Assistants: Mark Gavin, Ken Hennessey

Fourth Official: Anthony Buttimer


Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

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