Cork City (no longer known as FORAS co-op) make the long trip to Ballybofey tomorrow night with manager Tommy Dunne facing somewhat of a selection headache, with the Rebel Army missing several players. Midfielder George O’Callaghan misses the trip as his partner is expecting their second child, while Eoghan Lougheed, Neal Horgan and Billy Woods miss the tie due to prior commitments. Stephen Mulcahy, Greg O’Halloran and Cathal Lordan remain sidelined due to injury, while Shane Barrett is rated as very doubtful due to flu. On a positive note, Dunne welcomes captain Cillian Lordan back after he missed last Saturday’s win over Monaghan due to a one match suspension.
Speaking ahead of the game, the City boss told CorkCityFC.net: “We are missing a number of bodies, but this means there is an opportunity for some of the fringe players to come in. Kalen Spillane came into the side last week against Monaghan and did well, and with the number of players injured, it gives us a chance to look at some of the other young players at the club.”
The sides drew nil all at the same venue in April, and despite the injury list, Dunne says his side will be looking to go one better on this occasion: “Finn Harps are always tough opponents, particularly in Ballybofey, and we will have to be at our best to get a result there. We will be going there looking for the three points, as you still never know what may happen between now and the end of the season, so it is an important game for us.”
Injury News: Stephen Mulcahy (groin), Cathal Lordan (knee), Greg O’Halloran (ankle), Shane Barrett (flu), Neal Horgan, Eoghan Lougheed, George O’Callaghan, Billy Woods
Last Game: Cork City 1-0 Monaghan United
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