CORK City boss John Caulfield has urged his players to show the desire and determination to become history-makers in tonight’s big TV clash with Bohemians at Dalymount Park.
City's trip to Dublin's northside is live on RTÉ2 at 7.45pm and a win will officially secure the club's third league title.
The longtime league leaders need just two points from their remaining four fixtures against Bohs tonight, Derry City at home on Monday night, St Pat’s (away) and Bray Wanderers to seal the deal and clinch a first league title success in 12 years.
Caulfield called his squad together at training this week and told them they can become a history-making team for Cork City FC by winning the league title tonight or on Monday, never mind the status and hero worship they will enjoy if they go on to do the double against Dundalk in the FAI Cup final on Sunday, November 5 at the Aviva Stadium.
The last Cork team to win a league and FAI Cup double was Cork United in 1941/42 so you can imagine what it would mean to the city and indeed the county if Cork City can emulate that historic feat of 76 years ago!
First things first though for Caulfield’s crew, and they will need to be at their best again in Dublin tonight if they are to topple a dogged Bohs’ and lift the championship at the famous Phibsborough football venue.
Obviously, Cork are well capable of doing it in front of the RTÉ cameras but if the game ends in a draw, or they lose, then Cork have the fall back of a home game with Derry City at Turner’s Cross on Monday night to wrap it all up and let the party begin.
If that happens it would be a repeat of the 2005 title win against the same opposition and history has a habit of repeating itself!
Team news sees Cork’s Steven Beattie missing out against his old club Bohs because of suspension. Conor McCarthy from Blarney, a former Cork minor hurler who has worked his way into the senior set-up this season, is expected to come into the team.
The Gypsies are without the suspended Keith Ward in midfield but winger Paddy Kavanagh comes back into Keith Long’s side after serving a match ban.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Walters' hopes of taking part in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off are not dead and buried, according to his Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
Walters was confined to a cheerleading role as he continues to battle a knee injury which was widely expected to leave him with no chance of featuring in the double-header, which will take place between November 9-14. But the 34-year-old, whose brace in the second leg of a Euro 2016 play-off with Bosnia-Herzegovina sent the Irish to that tournament, may yet have a glimmer of hope.
Assessing the forward's recovery Dyche said: "We are still not putting timescales on it. But it won't be days, it will be weeks.
"We are hopeful it will settle down quickly. It already is.
"We were getting a specialist's view of it, it needed a period to calm down. It's a historical injury, a wear-and-tear injury and needed time to calm down.
"Once it has settled down, it's getting strength through the knee and that's where we are at."