Cork City goalkeeper Mark McNulty will get the chance to pay tribute to his great friend Liam Miller following his late call-up for today’s game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh (3pm).
With former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll unable to line out for the Red Devils against the combined Republic of Ireland and Celtic selection, McNulty – who played on the same Ballincollig underage teams as Miller, with his father Mick a key influence on the midfielder’s career – will be between the sticks.
Adrian Ryan of Sports Gear Direct on Tramore Road was on hand to do a late printing job, applying McNulty’s name and the number 1 to the blue United goalkeeper’s shirt yesterday, and the netminder will be in opposition to another former Ballincollig and City team-mate of Miller’s, Colin Healy, who also played with him at Celtic.
The game is the first sell-out sporting event at the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh and attendees are being advised to allow plenty of time to get to the venue.
In a bid to encourage early arrivals, gates open at 12.45pm, with musical entertainment from 1.45pm.
No parking is available on-site, but Bus Éireann will be operating shuttle buses from Kent Station and Lapps Quay.