CORK City boss John Caulfield is hoping Alan Bennett, Garry Buckley and Steven Beattie will be available for the crunch clash with Dundalk on Friday night.
The trio are facing late fitness tests before they can face the champions on Oriel Park’s new 4G artificial surface.
City take on champions Dundalk in the hostile environment of Oriel Park in a top of-the-table televised clash tomorrow night confident they can extend their 16-match unbeaten run since the start of the season.
City who have beaten the Lilywhites six times in their last seven encounters in all competitions have a healthy 15-point lead at the top as we go into the summer recess after this weekend’s series of fixtures.
Caulfield is hoping the club’s big home crowds can carry the team on a tide of emotion to the title, whatever happens tomorrow night.
“We are getting close to 5,000 at our home games now and that’s excellent because they all want to be a part of it. The fans have a huge role to play as our 12th man and they have been right behind the team all year.
“We want to keep the momentum up with the attendances and hopefully we can sustain our big crowds over the summer months. It’s been phenomenal so far and the noise levels are great and it all gives such a lift to the players,” said Caulfield.
“I keep telling the home crowds not to under-estimate the role they play because the boys are always talking about it and there’s nothing better than running out in front of them at Turner’s Cross.
“I have no doubt but that it can be massively intimidating for the opposition as well and that’s exactly what we want from our fans for the remainder of the season.
"In our long history, we have only won the league twice, but with the support and backing of our fans and supporters, we want to change that this season and bring the title back to Leeside,” he added on the eve of the latest Dundalk-Cork clash.