24 August 2018
By Elaine Murphy
Cork City continue the defence of their FAI Cup title, as they welcome Maynooth University Town to Turner’s Cross today.
City progressed from the last round thanks to a 5-1 win away to Home Farm, while their most recent fixture was a 1-1 draw with St. Pat’s at Turner’s Cross on Sunday.
The visitors booked their trip to Turner’s Cross thanks to victory over another Cork outfit, as they recorded a 2-0 win over Leeds. Coincidentally, Maynooth and Home Farm met in the Leinster Senior League last weekend, with Maynooth winning 2-0 thanks to a brace from Eoin McDermot.
Speaking to the media ahead of the game, City boss John Caulfield said: “We are all looking forward to the game. We have been the cup winners for the last two years and it is an opportunity for us to get to the quarter finals.”
“Barry Prendeville has done a fantastic job with them and they have progressed very quickly through the leagues over the last number of years, since merging together. Some of their players would have won Collingwood Cups, and they are also the reigning FAI Intermediate Cup holders, so we are well aware of their strengths.”
“They are a young, fit, energetic team and they are on the way up. They are strong all over the pitch, with the likes of Connor Dunne at the back, Darragh Reynor in the middle of the park and they have two very good players in Duffy and Foley up front. Playing us in Turner’s Cross will be something they are very much looking forward to.”
“We are the home side and there is an opportunity for us to get to the quarter finals, so I am expecting that we will have a strong team. We will make some changes, but the lads are working hard in training all week and I expect that the players who come in will do so with a point to prove. I expect a good game and a top performance from us.”
City go into the game without Steven Beattie and Colm Horgan, but otherwise Caulfield expects a clean bill of health.
Referee: Sean Grant.
Injury News: Colm Horgan, Steven Beattie
Last game: Cork City 1-1 St. Patrick’s Athletic
FAI Cup Match History: Click Here
League Form (League, most recent game first): D W W W D