Cork City need to find goals fast despite a shortage of strikers

Cork City need to find goals fast despite a shortage of strikers
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CORK City head coach John Cotter remains on the lookout for attacking additions to the squad but maintains that there are no moves in the immediate offing.

City drew 0-0 at Finn Harps on Monday night and have scored just 19 goals in 23 league games.

Top scorer Graham Cummins has joined Shamrock Rovers and Cotter is assessing his options for the number 9 spot, though he doesn’t expect arrivals before Friday’s visit of Bohemians.

“Obviously, Shepp [Karl Sheppard] can play there,” he said. “Darragh Crowley is another lad who’ll be available for Friday, hopefully anyway.

“Absolutely, if something came up that we could possibly do, we’d look at it. Is there something in the pipeline? No, at this present moment in time but these things take time as well, to be honest.

“We just have to be a bit patient that way and put confidence in the players we have here at the moment.”

Straight into the squad for Friday is winger Joel Coustrain, who joined from Rovers in exchange for Cummins.

“He can play either side so he gives us a few options that way,” Cotter says, “the most important thing is that he had the hunger to come here.

“As soon as it was mentioned, he was willing to drive down the road and get playing here, I’ve no doubt he’ll be bursting for Friday, which is great.

“He gives a bit of energy and young legs and pace as well, which is great.”

On Monday, City were forced to name just five substitutes due to injuries, but Dáire O’Connor will be back from suspension for Friday. Despite the shortage in manpower, Cotter was pleased with the response to Friday’s 4-1 loss at home to Derry City.

“Kevin O’Connor pulled up after the Derry match, his ankle swelled up on Saturday and it was only Sunday morning we knew he was out,” he said.

“Obviously, Shane Griffin has been out, Pierce [Phillips] is out, Cian Murphy, Cian Bargary are out.

“To be fair, Shepp shouldn’t have even travelled but it showed his character that he was willing to come off the bench.

“Alec Byrne was on the bench, he had been out for a year and a half so we were down to the bare bones but the boys put in a great performance.

“The workrate and attitude were spot-on and we need to take the positives out of that.”

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