CORK CITY boss John Caulfield says that the best tribute the FAI Cup champions could pay in respect to the late Ryan McBride is to go out and give one of their best performances of the season against Derry City tonight.
The Candystripes are welcome visitors to Turner’s Cross for a 7.30pm start in a televised top-of-the-table clash, but sadly they are without their warrior, Brandywell legend and late club captain McBride.
“Ryan McBride would always know that Cork against Derry is always a keenly contested battle and a tough event. He would give everything he had against us and the best respect we can give him, or any player, is to play well in his honour," said Caulfield."
“He would expect nothing less from us here at home in Cork. I expect both teams will play well but it’s going to take a top performance to win the game,” said Caulfield whose side have been drawn away to Limerick in the EA Sports Cup, second round. The game will go ahead at the Market’s Field on Monday night, April 17.
City expect to have both Greg Bolger and Steven Beattie involved but club captain Johnny Dunleavy is a week or two away from a comeback.
Derry boss Kenny Shiels is missing centre-forward Rory Patterson with a broken bone in his foot but goalkeeper Ger Doherty is expected to recover from a thigh strain.
“Given the tragedy of Ryan’s (McBride) recent passing, I think it will galvanise Derry as a team and bring them even more together in the title race. It will unite them as a team and a city, and while Ryan has been a phenomenal player and team captain, they still have a tremendous squad and won their first four games.
"This is why I think tonight’s game is our most dangerous game yet and playing away from home might just suit Derry. It will be another tough, physical battle but that’s just the way Ryan would have wanted it,” added Caulfield.
DERRY (3-5-2): Doherty; McDermott, Barry, Jarvis; Curtis, Low, McNamee, McEneff, Schubert; Boyle & Kennedy.
Meanwhile, as part of the club’s engagement in the Clubs & Supporters for Better Governance in Football project, an open session was held at UCC last night.
Among the topics covered were player pathways in education, member engagement by Schalke 04’s Florian Hartmann, education structure at Malmo by Pontus Hansson, Foras membership by Darren O’Keeffe and updates on the European Project from acting CEO, SD Europe, Niamh O’Mahony.