Cork City ready to get the Bank Holiday weekend off to the perfect start

Cork City ready to get the Bank Holiday weekend off to the perfect start
Cork's Gary Buckley celebrates scoring a goal with Greg Bolger. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Noel Spillane

Soccer

CORK CITY are hoping to get the Bank Holiday weekend off to a flying start at Turner’s Cross tonight.

The league leaders can make it a clean sweep and 11 straight wins when they complete their first series of SSE Airtricity League fixtures at home to joint second placed Bray Wanderers.

Another bumper crowd is expected for this top-of-the-table clash and with no TV cameras present, the chances are that the home side will command a crowd of 5,000 plus meaning they will have attracted close to 18,000 fans to the Curragh Road venue for three games against Dundalk, Derry, and now Bray.

City have won their opening 10 league games, recording a 3-0 win in their last outing away to St Pat’s and it was the same scoreline in their last home appearance when up against Derry City.

Seanie Maguire has been in top form. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Seanie Maguire has been in top form. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

The visitors come into the game in fine form as well, with seven wins from their opening 10 and Harry Kenny’s Seagulls have won their last four games scoring 11 goals in the process.

“Bray have had a phenomenal start. If you look at last season, in their last 16 matches, they lost two and their run would have put them in title contention if they had not been so far behind. Harry Kenny and Liam O’Brien have gone in at the Carlisle Grounds, two really experienced men and they have done really well.

“Bray are a really explosive attacking side. You can see with the number of goals they have scored, they are scoring goals every week, and they will see tonight’s tie as an opportunity to close the gap on us,” said City boss John Caulfield, who is without injured pair Alan Bennett (hamstring) and Jimmy Keohane (shoulder).

“We have phenomenal support and we have had great crowds this season. I have said from the start that I think this is a special team and I think there is a good vibe out there amongst the supporters.

“The away support as well has been great, we had superb support last Friday night up at St Pat’s. I asked the supporters to get behind the team from the start of the season and they have so far; it has been brilliant, so you would expect that we will have another big crowd this evening,” he said.

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