19 May 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
Cork City welcome Drogheda United to Turner’s Cross on Friday night.
City go into their 14th game of the season having extended their unbeaten run to 13 games last Friday against Galway United. The Leesiders come into this home game versus Drogheda United on the back of successive home 5-0 and 2-1 wins’ over Finn Harps and Bray Wanderers respectively.
The last meeting of the teams took place at United Park in March, when goals from Sean Maguire, Gearoid Morrissey, Karl Sheppard and Connor Ellis saw City run out 4-1 winners.
Speaking to the media ahead of the game, John Caulfield said: “We are hoping for a big, vocal crowd on Friday night. We’ve only two home games before the break, come out in force on Friday night, get out in huge numbers and get right behind the team from the off. It’s a massive game for us and we expect it to be dogged. Drogheda are a good side and they have been going fantastic lately.”
“When we look at the game above in Drogheda it was 1-1, they had just scored and the sending off changed the game. Every week is a different challenge, Drogheda have proved to be a good side, a side to cause a lot of problems and we expect the same on Friday night”
Conor McCormack is suspended for this game having accumulated five yellow cards this season.
On the injury front, Gearóid Morrissey is out with a hip injury that he picked up in Galway last week. Steven Beattie and Karl Sheppard will be assessed ahead of the game.
Injury News: Gearóid Morrissey, Steven Beattie, Karl Sheppard
Suspensions: Conor McCormack
Last game: Galway United 1-1 Cork City
Last meeting: Drogheda 1-4 Cork City
League Form (most recent game first): D W W W W W W W W W W W