Match Preview: Rovers take on Cork City on Friday

The Bit O’ Red are back in action on Friday night in the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division and it’s a trip to Turners Cross against Cork City that await John Russell and his Rovers side.

Rovers come into the game on the back of two home defeats against Dundalk and Shelbourne while the hosts have lost their last six fixtures in the League, most recently a 2-1 defeat away to Dundalk last Friday night.

The game is Live on LOI TV from 7.45pm and Bit O’ Red supporters travelling to the game can purchase tickets online in advance of travelling.

Former Bit O’ Red Manager Liam Buckley is currently in interim charge of the Rebels after Colin Healy left the club recently.

Bit O’ Red boss John Russell hopes to get back to winning ways tomorrow:

‘’We know we need a big reaction after last weekend’s performance.

‘’We didn’t show enough energy, intensity or quality on the night. The players are eager to put that right on Friday night.

‘’Cork City were unlucky in their last game against Dundalk so we know we will need to be at our best to get a result down there’’.

In team news, Rovers have doubts over a number of players heading into the game with Gary Boylan (ACL), Garry Buckley (ACL), Conor Walsh (Ankle), Eanna Clancy (Hamstring) Mark Byrne (ACL) and Karl O’ Sullivan (Ankle) definitely ruled out.

Striker Max Mata has returned to light training alongside defender James Finnerty while John Mahon, Fabrice Hartmann and Niall Morahan are also back in contention to return on Friday.