CORK City boss John Caulfield has a few selection headaches ahead of tonight’s Premier Division clash, away League Cup holders St Pat’s at Inchicore.
Club skipper Johnny Dunleavy, Greg Bolger and Steven Beattie all did well in the 3-0 EA Sports Cup away win over Limerick on Bank Holiday Monday and all three are pushing hard for places in the starting eleven in the capital this evening.
Jimmy Keohane is Cork’s only injured player at the moment and a shoulder injury he sustained in the win at Bohemians sidelines for clash at Richmond Park, 7.45pm.
Cork have just set a new club record of nine straight league wins at the start of a season and they will be hoping to extend it against a St Pat’s side they have drawn in the quarter-finals of the League Cup. They face the Dubliners again back at Turner’s Cross on Monday week for a spot in the cup semis.
Liam Buckley’s side have lost three of their home matches so far and the Supersaints are without a league win in their last two, a draw away to Galway and a 2-0 home defeat to Limerick.
“St Pat’s have some excellent players," said Caulfield. "They have the likes of O’Malley, Peers, Bermingham, Darren Dennehy, Cregg, Kelly, Desmond, O’Hanlon and Conan Byrne.
"They have seasoned professionals who have won major trophies. The one thing about them is that they will always come out to play and they are always very attractive to watch,” said Caulfield, who will be relieved to see Pat's dangerous frontman Christy Fagan miss out through injury.
The holders St Pat’s meet Cork again at Turner’s Cross on Monday night week after the League Cup draw pitted them together in the last eight. Liam Buckley’s side are chasing a three-in-a-row competition.
SSE Airtricity League champions Dundalk welcome First Division leaders, Waterford to Oriel Park and First Division side Longford Town head to Tallaght to face Shamrock Rovers.
Sligo Rovers will welcome Galway to the Showgrounds in a north-west derby.
Meanwhile Limerick’s Garbhan Coughlan helped himself to a first half double as the Irish Colleges and Universities powered to a 6-1 defeat of the Scottish Universities in a friendly international at Edinburgh. Daire O’Connor then added a third before the interval to leave the Irish side in a comfortable position.
Jason McClelland stretched the lead minutes after the resumption and although Hne Wilson did pull a goal back for a disappointing Scottish side minutes later the Irish finished on a high with further goals from Conor Barry and Gareth McDonagh to record an impressive win.