After Friday night’s win over Dundalk, Cork City have a quick return to league action, as they travel to Dublin to face Shamrock Rovers on Monday night.
Friday’s win made it six wins from six at Turner’s Cross this season, while it was also their fourth consecutive league win without conceding a goal. City’s last away fixture was also in Dublin, as they recorded a 2-0 win against Bohemians at Dalymount Park, thanks to goals from Colm Horgan and Graham Cummins.
The home side come into the game on the back of a 0-0 draw away to Derry City, becoming the first away side to take points at the Brandywell this season. Their last home game was a 1-1 draw against Limerick.
This is the second meeting of the sides this season. When they met at Turner’s Cross in March, a first half Kieran Sadlier penalty proved to be the difference between the sides.
Speaking to the media ahead of the game, City boss John Caulfield said his side were expecting a tough test from the home side: “At the moment, you can’t enjoy any win, you just have to move on very quickly. That’s what it is all about and all of our work since Saturday morning has been about Shamrock Rovers. We know how good they are, what good players they have and we need to make sure we are ready. There is no point taking three points last Friday and then leaving points behind us on Monday. If we are not at our best, we will leave points behind us and that is why we have to be at our best.”
“To be fair to Rovers; we have watched their matches and they were desperately unlucky against Dundalk, they certainly deserved a draw. On Friday night against Derry, they missed three very good chances. The game that went against them was the Bray game, but Bray in Bray is always difficult. The team that Shamrock Rovers have had since the start of the season is still there and they still have top players, like Greg Bolger, Ronan Finn, Graham Burke, Gary Shaw, Brandon Miele, Sean Kavanagh… these are all exciting players.”
“I am sure they are relishing us going up there tomorrow. We know they will see this as a massive opportunity being at home, but we have to concentrate on ourselves and make sure that we give a high level of performance. They have had a bit of a blip lately, but they have probably been unlucky not to get a draw with Dundalk and a win against Derry, so we know they are a very good side”
“The main aim for us has been to get to the break in the top two or three, within a couple of points, and the second half of the season will look after itself. At the moment, we have done well, winning four games in a row and keeping four clean sheets, but if we go up tomorrow and don’t perform to our best, we will drop points. We know it will be an extremely difficult game, because Rovers are a super team. If we play to our best, I believe we can take the three points and that is what we are working on.”
Johnny Dunleavy is continuing his return from injury but is still some weeks away from a return to the squad. Other than that, Caulfield expects to have a full squad to choose from.