Cork City Team News v Longford Town

Cork City captain Greg O’Halloran and goalkeeper Mark McNulty look set to miss tomorrow night’s game against Longford Town at Turner’s Cross. McNulty is suspended following his sending off in the 5-1 win over Salthill Devon while O’Halloran is struggling with a knee injury, and City boss Tommy Dunne says he is very unlikely to be available for selection.

James McCarthy replaced McNulty following his sending off, and is likely to keep his place in the side, having played well in the subsequent EA Sports Cup win over Wexford Youths. Stephen Mulcahy scored the winning goal in that tie on his return from a lengthy battle with injury, and Dunne confirmed that the defender has not suffered any adverse reaction and will be in contention for the clash between second and third. Derek O’Brien has returned to training this week after missing out in recent weeks with a thigh strain, and he will also be available, though Alan Carey will again miss out with an Achilles injury.

Speaking to CorkCityFC.net ahead of the game, Dunne said that Longford’s position in the table, level on points with City, has not surprised him: “At the start of the season, I tipped Longford as one of the teams that would be capable of challenging, and I don’t think too many people would have agreed with me, but they are a capable side and I think they have every chance of maintaining that form over the season.”

“Longford will provide us with a stern test. From a defensive point of view, they are strong, having conceded just six times in their nine games so far, giving them one of the best defensive records in the division.”

“We have scored ten goals in our last two league games, and that is something that really pleases me. Along with scoring goals, we have stayed solid at the back, and I think that has played an important part in giving us a platform to attack teams. We want to keep the momentum of recent weeks going, and we will have to turn in another good performance if we want to claim the three points.”

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