Cork City will be aiming to return to winning ways as they face Munster rivals Limerick at Turner’s Cross.
City drew one all away to Mervue last week, and manager Tommy Dunne told CorkCityFC.net that his side must learn from the concession of an equaliser: “We do not want to dwell on the result, but we created the chances to win the game and we did not take them. It is important that we learn from that experience and do not have a repeat of it.”
Limerick are among a number of teams with aspirations of promotion this season, and Dunne says he believes they will prove tough opponents for his side: “Without wishing to be disrespectful to either of our two previous opponents, I believe Limerick will be tougher opposition than what we have faced in our opening two games. They have had two decent results in their opening games, and they will make it difficult for us on Friday. I think it will be a hard-fought game, and also one that will be entertaining for supporters, so I would hope that we will have another big crowd out for the tie as we did in the opening game.”
New signing Derek O’Brien came off the bench to make his debut against Mervue, while Kalen Spillane is back in contention following a one game suspension. Alan Carey also looks set to be available having missed the Mervue game with an Achilles injury, but Dunne will have to plan without full back Ian Turner who is suspended. The City boss also confirmed that central defender Stephen Mulcahy has returned to full training this week, saying: “Stephen came back into full training this week. I would think he is still at least four weeks away from coming back into the team as he works on his fitness, but it is a boost to have him back training with the rest of the lads.”