Fenn needs to get the balance right between home grown and loanee players for Cork to survive

Fenn needs to get the balance right between home grown and loanee players for Cork to survive

Cork City head coach Neale Fenn

ONCE again I begin this column with it’s a must needed win game for Neale Fenn’s Cork City side as they face Shelbourne in Tolka Park on Saturday.

Cork City are in serious danger of relegation, sitting at the bottom of the table on seven points with just two wins, six losses and one draw.

Surely, it’s now time for Fenn to talk positive, act more positively and get more real with his players. 

He needs to get the team to play with more pride and passion.

My main worry right now is the balance and make up of the team.

Do City have too many outsiders playing at the moment?

Do these players on loan at City really care that much about the club?

Are they maybe more concerned about their personal performances? 

I'm not to sure yet, but I do know it won't bother them very much if Cork are relegated as they will just head back to their parent clubs.

Should Fenn go with the Cork lads in the squad who know how important it is for City to stay up?

Should he consider the younger Cork lads in his first X1?

City had just five Cork born lads as starters against Shamrock Rovers last week. 

Charlie Fleming, Jake O’Brien, Rob Slevin, Cian Coleman and Gearoid Morrissey. 

Is this enough to fire up a side to avoid relegation for the remainder of the season? 

If Fenn thinks so, then the lads need to show it, starting with a whole hearted performance against Shels.

City played Shels in the opening game of the season back in February in which they suffered a one nil defeat with former Cork City player Ciaran Kilduff scoring an 87th minute winner. 

Although only the first game of the new season, I remember saying the result put city behind Waterford and Finn Harps, who both had one nil wins in their opening games.

Following that opener, City headed into a double header against Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk and already that first defeat had tested their ability to survive in this division.

I didn’t want to be too critical on the opening night of the season. 

This team as we knew it would be a work in progress but I thought maybe they would need seven or eight games for us to see how good they were. 

Unfortunately, here we are at this stage of the season and I need to be a little critical. It is more worrying than ever, and unfortunately City are in a position in which I hoped they wouldn’t be, but where most expected them to be.

On Saturday City won’t have the backing of the 3,961 fans they had supporting them back in February however, I still hope they can put in a performance and get all those important three points on the table.

Shels are in superb form at the moment. The young Manager in Ian Morris is doing a great job and has his side playing some lovely football. 

The Reds overcame John Caulfield’s Galway side last weekend in the cup with a 5-2 victory and previous to that they enjoyed a nil all draw against league leaders Shamrock Rovers. 

They will be confident in their home patch as they face Cork City in their hope of moving right up the table joined at 14 points with Dundalk if the latter lose out to Shamrock Rovers.

An added bit of spice to this fixture will be to see former Cork City players, Ciaran Kilduff and Karl Sheppard, along with Cork youngsters and former Cobh Ramblers players Jaze Kabia and Denzil Fernandez.

This is going to be a very tough ask, but Cork need to find a way to win.  Nothing else matters.  It's time for Fenn to record his first away win of his tenure.

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