Even a hurricane will not stop City’s title quest

Even a hurricane will not stop City’s title quest
A section of the stand at the Cork City ground at Turners Cross, Cork blown down in the height of the hurricane Ophelia. Picture Dan Linehan

EVEN a hurricane can’t stop Cork City in the quest to claim their first League of Ireland title since 2005.

Club officials confirmed that tonight’s title decider against Derry City will go ahead, despite Turner’s Cross losing part of its roof during yesterday’s storm.

The Derrynane Stand collapsed amid hurricane-force winds early yesterday afternoon, prompting safety fears for fans.

Club officials had to wait until it was safe to assess the damage late yesterday evening but confirmed last night that the match will go ahead; kick-off at 7.20pm.

Three of the four stands will be open, reducing the overall capacity by approximately 1,000.

City were initially due to host Derry City on Monday evening, needing just a single point to claim the league title.

The arrival of the hurricane on Leeside saw the match pushed back for 24 hours.

It was feared yesterday’s treacherous conditions would lead to the Rebel Army having to wait even longer to claim the title.

Heavy metal advertising boards were whipped off the stand and thrown into the air, some landing in nearby gardens, with the roof of the stand subsequently collapsing in on itself.

There were calls locally for other venues to accommodate the sides, with Musgrave Park and Páirc Uí Chaoimh mooted by some.

However, it’s back to the Cross for John Caulfield’s men instead, where they will aim to pick up a vital point for their first title in 12 years.

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