Cork City to rotate squad for EA Sports clash with Limerick

Cork City to rotate squad for EA Sports clash with Limerick
Cork City manager John Caulfield. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Noel Spillane

Soccer

CORK CITY boss John Caulfield plans to ring the changes for this evening’s EA Sports Cup clash away to Limerick at the Markets Field on Monday afternoon at 5pm.

Caulfield has suggested that he will make six or seven changes from the team that beat Bohemians in Dublin over the weekend as the Leesiders take a welcome break from their league programme.

“I expect we will make six or seven changes. We have a lot of lads in contention; the likes of Alan Smith, Shane Griffin, Greg Bolger, Steven Beattie and Christian Nanetti are all in contention to play, along with a few of our U19 players, like Conor McCarthy, Aaron Drinan and Alec Byrne,” said Caulfield.

On the down side, Jimmy Keohane is ruled out after he suffered a shoulder injury against Bohs on Friday night and skipper Johnny Dunleavy is still sidelined.

Cork go into the game on the back of a club-record nine consecutive league wins, having defeated the Gypsies at Dalymount Park.

Limerick also recorded a league win with a 3-0 home win over Drogheda United.

The sides have already met once this season, with City inflicting a 3-0 home defeat on Shane Duggan’s side with goals from Sean Maguire, Garry Buckley and Gearoid Morrissey.

“It’s a great game for us; our league form has been very good. We have a lot of players coming back in and we will make a number of changes. You can see the bodies are tired after getting back late on Friday and we have another massive match this Friday up at St Pat’s, so we will need to make some changes.

“We have players coming back in from injury who will want to stamp their mark on the game because they want to get back into the team. It is about us performing and those players coming in giving a top performance, because they need to do that if they are to back in the team,” added Caulfield.

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