CORK City will resume SSE Airtricity League Premier Division action with a home clash against Bohemians at Turner’s Cross at 5pm on Sunday, August 2.
The FAI today issued the revised fixture list for the remainder of the season. The Premier Division resumes with two games on Friday, July 31 but fixtures will be staggered over weekends for the first six rounds of games (rounds six to eleven), with matches either televised or streamed online.
Neale Fenn’s side’s first away game will be against Waterford six days later, Saturday, August 8 with a 2pm start at the Regional Sports Centre, while the manager’s former side Longford Town come to Turner’s Cross for an FAI Cup first-round tie on Tuesday, August 11 (kick-off 7.45pm).
Due to the Covid-19 situation, this year’s cup is limited to SSE Airtricity League sides and with Shamrock Rovers II unable to compete there are just 19 entrants. As a result, there were three first-round ties drawn on Monday, with the other 13 clubs receiving byes to the second round.
City were drawn at home to Longford, from whom Fenn joined as boss last season with league champions Dundalk hosting Waterford – recently departed Blues boss Alan Reynolds has just joined the Lilywhites as assistant manager – while Finn Harps will clash with St Patrick’s Athletic. Five of the six teams involved in the first round are Premier League sides, with Longford the only first-division club not to receive a bye.
Having reached four consecutive FAI Cup finals between 2015 and 2018 – winning the 2016 and 2017 deciders against Dundalk – City exited the cup in the second round last year after losing to Galway United.
During Fenn’s time in charge of Longford, City were twice successful in cup games there. In 2017, John Caulfield’s side triumphed 4-1 in a quarter-final tie while in 2018, also at the last-eight stage, the Rebel Army cruised to a 7-0 victory at the City Calling Stadium. Kieran Sadlier scored a hat-trick in that game as part of a run which saw him score in every round of the cup.
Should City overcome Longford, the second round ties are pencilled in for the week ending Sunday, August 30. In between, there is a home clash against Sligo Rovers on Friday, August 14 (7.45pm) and a trip to Derry City on Friday, August 21 (5.45pm).
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Corey Chambers, formerly of Bray Wanderers, Waterford and Cabinteely, could in line for a move to City. The custodian replaced Mark McNulty in Saturday’s friendly loss to Wexford, with Fenn targeting a keeper if Liam Bossin departs.
Elsewhere, it also looks like Conor Davis could be leaving the club. The striker, who joined City from Derry in the off-season, has yet to play competitively as he has struggled with injuries.