I'M sure it’s not the first time you’ve read this: Friday is a ‘must need win’ for Cork City.
Neale Fenn’s side welcome Liam Buckley’s Sligo Rovers to Turner’s Cross, looking to pick up a vital three points, having just a single win in the league so far this season.
Four points from a possible 18... as City secured a point in their recent game which was the goalless tie against Waterford last weekend. It is a worrying time for all involved at the club but hopefully, things can improve.
The last time these sides met was almost a year ago when Sligo ran out 4-2 winners with former Cork City player Ronan Coughlan scoring a brace. Previous to that, City had won 2-1, while the teams also drew on two occasions last season.
Speaking of former City players, tonight we should see at least three former players in John Dunleavy, Garry Buckley and Buckley. I have no doubt all three will play key roles for the Bit O’Red and all will want to prove a point against their former club.
Last Tuesday’s 1-0 victory in the FAI cup against Longford brought scenes of celebration I haven't seen at the club for a very long time. It was the first goal scored from play by City in a year, so you can imagine also so late in the game (121st minute), it was a mix of emotions from players and management.
Joy but mainly relief when Ricadro Dinanga put the ball in the net. Neale Fenn took a yellow card for his celebrations but I’m sure he wasn’t too bothered about that.
Would I like to see a repeat of those celebrations? Absolutely.
I hope it has given the City players a lift going into tonight’s game, because they definitely need it. Up until Ricardo’s winning goal, it was a poor game with very few positives to take from it.
Liam Bossin in goal looks nervy every time the ball is played back to him. He seems very indecisive and more often than not, the ball is back to him from his poor distribution.
Defensively City did ok. Joseph Olowu was solid however he went off injured on Tuesday so let’s hope he’ll available
Cian Bargarry was another who picked up an injury and up until then, he was a huge threat going forward.
In midfield, Cian Coleman got on the ball a lot, which was great to see. I hope Gearóid Morrissey is fit to return and start alongside him this evening.
Eventually we are seeing a more attack-minded Cork City. With Dylan McGlade, Dinanga and Cian Murphy, who I thought was exceptional Tuesday evening, it's a bit brighter.
New signings Scott Fenwick and Kit Elliot are also available for selection tonight so let’s hope City can go at Sligo right from the start. They need to.
Sligo are sitting at the bottom tier of the table also with just two wins and four losses so they will be coming to the Cross with the intention of picking up all three points.
City must carry on from where they left off on Tuesday.