Cork City ready to pull Harps strings

Cork City ready to pull Harps strings
Bray Wanderers'  Tim Clancy clears from Cork City's Ryan Delaney. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Noel Spillane


IT WILL be nothing new to league leaders Cork City if Friday night’s opponents Finn Harps come at Turner’s Cross to park the bus.

Harps aren’t the first team to try and stifle the FAI Cup holders this season with an ultra-defensive setup and playing on the break but the onus, and, the responsibility, remains on John Caulfield’s side to break them down and get the goals to win the game. Assistant manager John Cotter knows teams will aim to frustrate the runaway league leaders when they visit Leeside.

“I presume Harps would love to take a point at this stage but it’s up to us to ensure they walk away with nothing at Turner’s Cross  on Friday night.

If we play to our usual high tempo and intensity, we are a very good side, and I’d be confident we can keep our run going against them,” said assistant manager John Cotter.

“Finn Harps is never an easy game, home or away, and we will approach it like any other league game. 

"We have our research and homework done and we’ve had them watched and if we play with the right intensity and focus we can win the three points and keep our winning going,” he added.

Alan Bennett and Garry Buckley are ruled out of the action with hamstring strains but Gearoid Morrissey, Karl Sheppard, Steven Beattie and Conor McCormack should all return to the starting 11.

Cotter added: “The most pleasing aspect of our winning run for me is that with all the injuries we have had, any player that comes in to fill a gap, they have never weakened the team in any way.

"It’s all to do with the team spirit we have built up and the extraordinary bond that exists among the players.

“They are a great bunch, everyone knows their role so when they come in, it never weakens the side and that’s a credit to them. 

"There’s no room for cockiness or complacency here and we have a great working environment.” 

Harps come south with midfielder Barry Molloy suspended and ex-Cork City striker Danny Morrissey is among a group of seven players out injured for the Donegal side.

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