High-flying Cork City aiming to make it seven wins on the bounce

High-flying Cork City aiming to make it seven wins on the bounce
Cork City supporters after the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game agaisnt Dundalk at Turner's Cross. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Noel Spillane

Soccer

CORK CITY go in search of a seventh successive league win in a Munster derby clash with Limerick at the Market’s Field on Friday night.

It’s a short hop up the road for John Caulfield’s team and the league points at stake are of vital importance to the league leaders who have a six-point advantage at the top of the Premier Division.

Cork have Derry City coming to Turner’s Cross on this night week for another televised top of the table clash, and collecting three points away to Limerick would keep up the momentum which started this campaign with a President’s Cup final victory over Dundalk.

The big question tonight is whether or not Caulfield will go with an unchanged team after a 2-1 win over champions Dundalk in Cork last weekend. Limerick are in seventh place in the table and feature former City young gun Chiedozie Ogbene in their ranks following his move in the off-season. They have two wins, one draw and two defeats from their opening five games, with a home win recorded on the opening day against Sligo Rovers and an away win against Bray Wanderers last time out.

“Limerick is good soccer town and, since they have moved to the Market’s Field, they have had lots of support. They have gone out and brought in some good players. Every week is a different challenge for us and we need to be at the intensity and the pace that we have been at, if we are to get a result tonight,” said Caulfield who is again without midfield ace Greg Bolger because of a calf strain.”

Bolger will be back for the Candystripes game next weekend.

“We expect Limerick to be at their best and they will want to turn us over. From my point of view, it is just important that we keep concentrating on our own game and the way we want to approach the match. We want everyone to be ready and to know that we need to play at high intensity, at our maximum. If we do that, we will win most of our games, but when you drop your performances, then you will leave points behind you,” added Caulfield.

Steven Beattie returns after injury and is added to the travelling squad and skipper Johnny Dunleavy will be assessed ahead of this evening’s 7.45p.m kick-off.

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