Rovers v Cork: Opposition
John Caulfield’s Cork City are the visitors to The Showgrounds tomorrow night, as Sligo Rovers continue to search for their first win of the season.
City have won three out of their first won league games, beating Dundalk, Bohemians and hammering Longford Town 6-0 and their only defeat coming at the hands of Derry City.
They have played one game less than most, as their meeting with Shamrock Rovers, scheduled to take place last Friday, was postponed due to players’ involvement with the Republic of Ireland Under 21s.
Their three meetings last season resulted in two victories for Cork City, and a draw on the opening day of the 2015 season.
Rovers had taken the lead on that occasion, but were pegged back in the 95th minute by former player Ross Gaynor.
In their meeting in Cork, Cork lead 2-0 after a half hour, but by the 75th minute it was 2-2. But Cork broke Rovers hearts in the 88th minute with what proved to be the winner from Mark O’Sullivan.
The Rebels were comprehensive 2-0 winners over the Bit o’Red in their final meeting of the season at The Showgrounds.
Cork City currently have two former Bit o’Red men within their ranks. Striker Seani Maguire has scored four times for Cork already this season.
The former Waterford man joined Rovers on loan during the 2014 season from West Ham United – scoring once in 18 appearances.
Steven Beattie joined Rovers prior to the 2015 season, and departed midway through the year for Cork City.
John Caulfield has strengthened his side significantly this season: adding former St. Patrick’s Athletic man Greg Bolger, Eoghan O’Connell on loan from Celtic and the aforementioned Maguire.
City will be hoping to improve on their previous two seasons, when they finished second to Dundalk in consecutive years while also missing out to the Lilywhites in the FAI Cup final in 2015.