Preview: Cork City v Sligo Rovers

Cork City  vs  Sligo Rovers

SSE Airtricity League

Turners Cross

September 26th, 7:45

 

Sligo Rovers make the long journey to play Cork City tomorrow night in the Turners Cross at 7:05. The game will be shown live on RTE2.

Gavin Dykes will again be in caretaker charge of the team.

His first game last weekend ended in defeat when Drogheda United won 2-0 at the Showgrounds.

Both meetings between the teams have ended in draws so far in 2014. Rovers visited Cork in April and came away with a 1-1 draw. Kieran Djilali looked to have won the game for the Bit o’red when he scored in the 88th minute to give the lead but an injury time penalty from Billy Dennehy got a point for the Leesiders.

When Cork came to the Showgrounds in early July the game ended scoreless.

Cork are battling to win this year’s league title and are currently in second place behind Dundalk by three points. They are unbeaten in their last six SSE Airtricity League games.

On the injury front John Russell remains out with the foot injury that kept him out of the game with Drogheda. Former Cork players Iarfhlaith Davoren and Kalen Spillane are out of the game with calf and back injuries respectively. They join longer-term absentees Jeff Henderson and Alan Keane on the sidelines.

There are also doubts over the fitness of Gary Rogers with an ankle injury and Gavin Peers who has a thigh problem. Neither has been able to train this week.

Gavin Dykes described last week’s game against Drogheda as: ”A disappointing result and performance. The players feel that they let themselves down on the night. “

The main positive from the game was the performances of the younger players who have come through to the first team. “The young lads did really well. We are down to the bare bones at the moment but these players are the future of the club. Gary Boylan, Gary Armstrong and Ruairi Keating all did well.

“I have seen a good reaction from the players in training this week. We have been low on numbers so it’s hard to work on things but they have been very good since I came in. They know people are disappointed with the result last weekend but I feel this game is the ideal opportunity to put that right.”

On the inclusion of more players from the under-19s into the first team Dykes said: “We will have to look and see how we introduce them. We still have to mind them and look after them. But they will play some part in tomorrow’s game, we will see how much over the course of game. I have full faith in them.”

On facing Cork City Dykes is optimistic about the team’s chances: “They haven’t beaten us this year and both matches have been close. We will be doing our best to go down there and get a good result. It’s a great ground to play in and I always enjoyed going there myself.”

Dykes doesn’t believe that Cork will be disadvantaged by the pressure of the title race: “We would rather be where they are ourselves. But we will be going there and concentrating on doing what we have to do. We will be looking to get a result from the game. I feel that we are capable of that but it won’t be easy.”

He hasn’t been surprised by how well Cork are doing this year. “I know John (Caulfield) very well from his time in Summerhill. He is very passionate about the club and they will get a big crowd. Success in football goes in cycles. They are now back among the elite. They steadied themselves after getting promoted and have now pushed on.”

 

Head-to-head:

Sligo Rovers wins             13

Cork City wins                  29

Draws                                 12

 

Last three meetings:

6/7/14                  Sligo Rovers   0-0  Cork City          SSE Airtricity League

11/4/14                Cork City  1-1  Sligo Rovers           SSE Airtricity League

30/9/13                Sligo Rovers  0-0  Cork City           SSE Airtricity League

 

Match stats:

Since Cork City returned to the Premier Division in 2012 the teams have met eight times. Rovers have won two, Cork one and there have been five draws.

Rovers have won one of the last nine games at Turners Cross.

Danny Ledwith can make the 100th appearance of his career in the game.

 

Form:

Cork City                                             

Sligo Rovers

Athlone Town

(A)

D

2-2

Derry City    

(A)

L

1-2

Shamrock Rovers

(H)

W

1-0

Bohemians  

(H)

W

3-2

Limerick

(A)

W

1-0

Drogheda Utd

(H)

L

0-2

                               

Match officials:

Referee                              Neil Doyle

Assistant referees            Allen Lynch & Darren Carey

Fourth official                   Graham Kelly

 

 

Coverage:

The match will be shown live on RTE2 and online at rte.ie with coverage starting at 7pm.

There will be live updates from the game on our Twitter page @sligorovers

 

 

 

 

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