ALAN Bennett returns from suspension for Cork City’s TV clash with relegation candidates Sligo Rovers at Turner’s Cross tonight in a game that kicks-off at the earlier time of 7.30pm.
With the game live on RTE, the club have a fantastic initiative in place for anyone bringing kids to the Cross, who will be charged just €1 if they're accompanied by an adult.
New signing Robbie Williams is a slight doubt with a calf strain for John Caulfield’s champions elect who are just eight points away from being crowned league champions for the first time in over a decade.
City’s last league outing was a 1-0 win away to Drogheda, since then they have played Shamrock Rovers (1-0 defeat after extra-time) in the EA Sports Cup semi-final and begun the defence of the FAI Cup with a 1-0 win away at Bray Wanderers.
The Bit O’Red come into the game two points away from safety in what is a congested bottom half of the table. Sligo have drawn their last five league games, including a home game against Bray Wanderers last Tuesday night.
This will be the third meeting of the teams in the league this season, with City having won the previous two games, both by two goals-to-one.
“Sligo have a lot of very good players but, with three going down this year, if you get a bad start, which happened them this year, it turns into a scrap. They have changed their squad quite a bit and it takes time to adjust when you do that, but they have some really quality players. They are certainly good enough to get out it,” said Caulfield of tonight’s opposition.
“Every team that plays us is raising their game and we know how difficult the game will be. We are getting close and we have been focussing all week on how huge a game this is for us. It is our last home game in the league for a while and another match that can push us closer if we can get the three points,” he added.
Meanwhile, UCC’s Collingwood Cup winning skipper, Sean O’Mahony is out of Ireland’s opening game against France at the World Student Games in Taiwan today with a knee injury.