CORK City manager John Caulfield will be in the dugout as St Patrick’s Athletic visit Turner’s Cross tonight – but he will have to watch Tuesday’s game with Sligo Rovers from the stands.
Caulfield and Waterford counterpart Alan Reynolds were dismissed by referee Rob Rogers near the end of last Friday’s defeat to the Blues, with four players – two from each team, City’s Steven Beattie (who was an unused sub) and Garry Buckley as well as Waterford pair Stanley Aborah and Bastien Héry – red-card following a brawl as City chased an equaliser.
Following hearings on Wednesday, both managers were issue with one-game sideline bans, but they don’t come into force until after tonight’s games.
Beattie, involved in the matchday squad for the first time since the loss to Dundalk on March 9, having been out injured since, will be suspended for four games, while Buckley has been given a three-game ban – he will be available again when City go to Waterford for their re-arranged EA Sports Cup tie on Monday, April 23.
Beattie will miss that tie but will be back in the mix for the visit of Dundalk to Turner’s Cross in the league four days later.
Aborah has been given six-game suspension, with Héry – who pushed Caulfield to the ground after the manager entered the field of play to retrieve the ball for a City throw-in – banned for four games.
Aside from the suspended duo, City are also likely to be without Alan Bennett for tonight’s game as the defender continues to recover from a calf injury which has kept him out for six weeks, while John Dunleavy remains a long-term absentee though he is due to return to training soon.
Pat’s come into the game on the back of a 5-0 win over Bray Wanderers last Friday and Caulfield expects a strong test.
“They’re always a very attractive team and looking to play from the back,” he said, “they have good players.
“They went through a difficult season last year, they lost a number of players and the team were struggling for large parts but they invested very well in the off-season.”