Shamrock Rovers and Cork City will have a St Patrick’s Day battle in Tallaght Stadium, as Cork look to continue their winning start to the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.
Having put 8 goals past Rovers in two games towards the end of last season, one an FAI cup game, John Caulfield’s men will have plenty of confidence as they head up to the capital.
For Stephen Bradley, new aquasitions and a fresh approach, will have his side chomping at the bit to take on the title contenders.
Cork City boss John Caulfield said at the club’s press conference, “The league hasn’t even really started yet, so for us it is just about performing every week.”
“Tomorrow we are playing a team that feel they can win the league, so it is going to be a big challenge for us. What we have to do is focus on each match. We see ourselves as one of the challengers and we want to be there at the end of the season.”
“It is about us performing well. We know the threats that Rovers have but it is really about us making sure we can perform at a high level. It’s all about tomorrow and us preparing properly, which is what we have been doing since the start of the season.”
“The pressure comes from ourselves, because we want to win. We are doing everything we can to win. We did well in Europe last year and we won the cup, and I believe that this team is an even better team than last year’s. It is a team that will create chances and score goals.”
“The quality of the top teams in this league is good, but at the same time the bottom team can beat you if you’re not ready.”
Cork have an injury doubt as Greg Bolger picked up an ankle injury against Sligo Rovers on Monday night and is considered very doubtful. But John Kavanagh, Alan Bennett and Stephen Dooley are all back in contention.
Rovers will have Graham Burke back from suspension, however Luke Byrne is still at least a week away while Paul Corry is a doubt with a knee injury.