10 March 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
When and where: 8pm tonight @ United Park
Cork City travel to Drogheda United, as they look to make it three wins from three in the league this season.
Both sides have two wins from two in the league so far, with City having beaten Finn Harps (away, 1-0) and Galway United (home, 4-0). Drogheda have also defeated the Tribesmen, 1-0 away on the opening day, and they followed that up with a 2-0 home victory against St. Pat’s last time out.
Speaking to the media ahead of the game, City boss John Caulfield said: “I think there are going to be surprises this season. Too many people assumed, before a ball was kicked, that certain teams were going to go down, but I always felt that some teams would surprise people.”
“Pete Mahon has been in our league a long time and he is a fantastic manager. He and John Gill have a great work ethic and the team they have built at Drogheda is a typical team for them; hard-working, feet on the ground and they will be a thorn in the side for any team they face this season.”
“They haven’t conceded and they have won two from two. They have some very good players, some hard grafters and some good, hungry young players. Historically, Drogheda has always been a tough venue and a tight ground, so it has all the hallmarks of being a tight game. We know that we need to take our chances if we are to win the game.”
Seán Maguire is rated 50/50 ahead of the tie, having suffered a hamstring injury against Galway United last week. John Kavanagh will miss out, but Garry Buckley returns after serving a one match suspension. Captain Johnny Dunleavy has been back in training this week after missing the Galway game and he will be assessed ahead of kick-off.