City chase lucky 13 in Galway but in-form Sheppard is ruled out

City chase lucky 13 in Galway but in-form Sheppard is ruled out
Karl Sheppard will miss the Galway game. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

THE HOPE in Galway tonight is that John Caulfield’s Cork City players are not too superstitious and can make it a lucky 13 in the league.

City are chasing a staggering 13th straight league win since the season started, and another win in the west of Ireland this evening will edge City ever closer to Bohemians’ 15-match winning record that goes all the way back to the 1924 campaign.

City go into the game with successive home wins against Bray Wanderers and Finn Harps but Shane Keegan’s Tribesmen are on the back of a five-match unbeaten run and have lost just twice in 10 outings.

The last meeting of the teams took place at Turner’s Cross in March, when goals from Seanie Maguire, Ryan Delaney, Stephen Dooley and Connor Ellis saw City run out 4-0 winners, and City’s last visit to Galway saw them record a 5-0 win last October.

“Galway have goals in their team and they always create a lot of chances, so we are well aware of what is in front of us,” said manager John Caulfield. “We going up here to get the three points. You just have to be on your game if you want to get the result.

“Galway is like Cork, a lovely ground and a passionate crowd. I keep saying that, if we play to our maximum, then I think we will win most of our games, but if we drop our performance then you risk dropping points and that is what we have to guard against tonight,” said Caulfield.

On the injury front, Cork have Alan Bennett back, but Karl Sheppard is out with a knee injury and he sees a specialist this weekend, while Steven Beattie will undergo a fitness test before kick-off.

Galway have only lost once in their last 11 competitive games so Shane Keegan is optimistic when it come to stopping Cork.

“We’re proving to be one of the most difficult teams to beat in the league over the last couple of months. Obviously, Cork have beaten everyone that’s been put in front of them since the start of the season, but we’re hopeful that we can pose them some questions tonight,” said Keegan, who has front man Vinny Faherty ruled out with a foot injury.

“The key thing for us is we have a lot of players in very good form. I think Stephen Folan is in his best form of the season, he’s been absolutely excellent.”

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