DECIDING on a centre-forward is John Caulfield’s main call ahead of Cork City’s first home league game of the season against Waterford at Turner’s Cross tonight (7.45pm).
With Graham Cummins suspended after his red card against St Patrick’s Athletic last week and Josh O’Hanlon, who was signed from Pat’s in the off-season, out injured, Caulfield must shuffle his pack.
The likeliest option is to move Karl Sheppard up front, though Michael Howard, signed on loan from Preston North End this week, could play some part too. Otherwise, it’s almost a full squad for the Rebel Army, with long-term injury victim John Dunleavy joined on the sidelines by midfielder Garry Buckley.
“Conor McCarthy has a knock, Gearóid Morrissey likewise, so we’ll assess them,” Caulfield said. “Garry Buckley has come back training, maybe Friday might be too soon for him.”
Meanwhile, City defender Pierce Phillips has joined Cobh Ramblers on loan until the end of June, having signed a first professional contract with the club.
Caulfield praised Phillips, who had joined City after playing schoolboys’ football with Rockmount. “Going on loan to Cobh Ramblers is an excellent opportunity for him to get some game time under his belt, and we will be watching his progress closely.
“There is great work being done at underage level at our club, and also in the local clubs in the Cork Schoolboys League.”
Ramblers begin their first division campaign tomorrow night with a trip to face Longford Town, who are managed by former City star Neale Fenn, a title-winner in 2005.