Morrissey is a doubt for City against Waterford

Morrissey is a doubt for City against Waterford
Izzy Akinade of Waterford FC in action against Gearóid Morrissey. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

MIDFIELDER Gearóid Morrissey remains the big injury worry for Cork City ahead of tonight’s first home Premier Division game of the season.

The Rebel Army take on Waterford at Turner’s Cross at 7.45pm, with on-loan striker Matthew Gillam ruled out while manager John Caulfield is assessing the fitness of Morrissey. He was named in the team for last Friday’s game against St Patrick’s Athletic, but was a late withdrawal, with Kevin O’Connor coming in, though O’Connor is also a doubt.

“Obviously, we’re assessing Gearóid,” Caulfield said. “We pulled him out before the game on Friday night. Kevin got a nasty knock to his leg, they’re the main two.

“Matthew Gillam will definitely be out, he hurt his hamstring. From that point of view, we’re just waiting on Kevin and Gearóid.”

Caulfield expects a close game and feels that that will be the pattern for the season.

“Any of the games between us and Waterford are very tight and very competitive, that’s just the way it’ll be.

“They’ll bring a very big following, for our first home league game we’re hoping to have a massive turnout and hopefully we will have that.

“It’s going to be a competitive game but, that’s the way the league is. A lot of teams have invested — Waterford invested heavily and got into Europe last year, Sligo, Pat’s, Derry.

“Teams have invested more than they have previously so you’d expect games this year would be much tighter. Certainly, you couldn’t see teams running away with the league this year or two teams opening a big gap quickly.”

Having lost to St Pat’s and also been defeated by Dundalk in the President’s Cup, City are searching for a first win and a first goal in open play. Attacker Karl Sheppard is keen to ensure that there is no panic on the part of the team.

“That’s something we spoke about during the week,” he said.

“At times went a bit too direct when we should have done what we normally do, keep playing and eventually we’ll be able to play through them.

“It’s something that comes with experience as well, not being too frantic, just doing what we do best and trying to get goals that way.”

Author Michael Russell will be signing copies of his book, HIBS! A History of Cork Hibernians 1957-76, at Turner’s Cross before tonight’s game. With sales going well, this could be the last opportunity to purchase it before it goes out of print.

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