Team news vs Cork City (President’s Cup)
It’s almost time to go again and we travel to Turner’s Cross to take on Cork City in the curtain raising President’s Cup tie!
How can I follow it?
The match kicks off at the earlier time of 5.30 p.m. on Saturday evening at Turner’s Cross and if you can’t make it then we will be carrying updates on official social media streams – @DundalkFC on twitter, Dundalk FC on facebook and dundalkfc_ on Instagram also. We will provide you with pre-match, in play and post-match updates from the evening’s action!
Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the game was centre-back Sean Hoare and while he was disappointed with the result on Tuesday, he looked at the bigger picture of pre-season and how it has gone.
“It was disappointing for us not to win on Tuesday but it is still pre-season and it is about getting minutes under our belt. That’s what we are looking for now so just building up to next week.
“Personally I feel good. I have got through pre-season very well. It’s tough, everyone has found it tough but that’s good and getting back into games now is what we have been looking forward to and we are almost ready to go now. “
Hoare is pleased with the squad strength after the recent additions and feels that the talent and ability that exists in the squad now bodes well for the campaign ahead.
“We have a good comradery in the squad so when new lads come in it’s always easy to welcome them in. We needed to strengthen the squad and we have done that.
“If anyone gets injured we have someone of equal quality to step in, so much talent and ability in the squad which is great for us going forward. “
With the season kicking off next weekend against Sligo Rovers, attention is on Cork this weekend and the 24 year-old is expecting another competitive contest on Leeside.
We are looking forward to the league starting next week. That is what our training and preparation has been geared towards so we are looking towards that.
We have another game first and we will treat Saturday like any other game. Games between us and Cork City are always competitive. We are expecting that again.
Management Team View
Also peaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the trip to Turner’s Cross was first team coach John Gill and he reflected on Tuesday’s pre-season friendly against Longford Town calling it ‘a game of two halves’.
“It was a game of two halves on Tuesday night against Longford Town. We were very good in the first half and in the second they were very good. We have to give them credit, they were very fit and will do well in the first division.
“We made some changes but we will take out of it what we can and tidy up on a few things. There will be no panic, it’s all part of pre-season and about getting minutes into the legs and we have done that. “
The match concluded our pre-season friendlies as such and Gill reflected on pre-season to date pointing to the trip to Spain last week as a key part of the preparation and the Dubliner is ready for the new campaign.
“We had a great trip to Spain last week. Not only did we bond there but we got a lot of work done. We played two very competitive games against LASK Linz and IF Brommapjarna.
“They went well for us and we are in a good place. We are looking forward to the season now. We have set goals both individually and collectively and it is our aim to reach those.
“We know what we have to do and we are focused to get there.”
The Lilywhites now travel to Cork to take on the Leesiders in what will be the fourth consecutive President’s Cup tie and he is anticipating a tough encounter but with a trophy on the line, he is hopeful of taking it back to Oriel at the end of the night.
“Saturday is a good game to have, it’s money on the table time. We have great respect for Cork City and they have done brilliantly under John Caulfield. We know what they are about.
“We want to go down there and win. There’s a trophy on offer and this group of players want to win every game that they play.
“That is the way everyone should be. We are looking forward to the game. It is going to be difficult but we are ready and hopefully we can come away with the win.”
How did we get on against Cork City in 2018?
We met Cork City on six occasions in the last campaign. Our first meeting was in this competition 12 months ago with City winning 4-2 after we led 2-0 . Patrick Hoban netted the solitary goal in a 1-0 win in the first league meeting a few weeks later. Gearoid Morrissey gained revenge for Cork at Turner’s Cross before a last gasp winner at Oriel for us secured a 2-1 immediately after the midseason break. Chris Shields netted the winner after just four minutes of action in our last league meeting in September. The season concluded with our fourth straight Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final appearance and we were 2-1 winners thanks to Patrick McEleney’s header just 15 minutes from time which gave us a second ‘Double’ in four seasons.
We have met quite a lot in the President’s Cup in the past few years…
This will be the fourth straight President’s Cup encounter between us since 2016. The first saw Cork won 2-0 at Turner’s Cross. In 2017 it was a 3-0 win for Cork and last year the match ended 4-2 to the Rebels at Oriel Park after we had taken a 2-0 lead at the break and endured all four seasons! We are looking to claim what would be our second President’s Cup adding to our sole win in 2015 against St. Patrick’s Athletic.
Rob Hennessey will take charge of this one with Dermot Broughton and Trevor Cotter acting as assistants. Ray Matthews is fourth official.
Jamie McGrath is out with a groin problem and new signing Jordan Flores is working up to fitness so won’t play a part. A number of players will be assessed ahead of the game and no risks will be taken with the new season just a week away.
Last 10 meetings with Cork City (All competitions)
04.11.2018 (FCUP) Cork City 1-2 Dundalk (Sadlier pen 21; Hoare 19, McEleney 74)
25.09.2018 (LGE) Cork City 0-1 Dundalk (Shields 4)
29.06.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 2-1 Cork City (Adorján 47, McLoughling og 90; O’Hanlon 67)
27.04.2018 (LGE) Cork City 1-0 Dundalk (Morrissey 60)
09.03.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 1-0 Cork City (Hoban 9)
11.02.2018 (PRC) Dundalk 2-4 Cork City (Murray 19, 40; Sheppard 49, McNamee 55, Sadlier 79, Cummins 81)
05.11.2017 (FCUP) Dundalk 1-1 Cork City (Vemmelund 95; Campion 111)
25.09.2017 (LGE) Cork City 1-1 Dundalk (Gartland og 20; Benson 87)
02.06.2017 (LGE) Dundalk 0-3 Cork City (Maguire 19, 71, 90)
25.03.2017 (LGE) Cork City 2-1 Dundalk (Sheppard 22, 37; McMillan 73)