CORK CITY can climb up the table for the second time in a week if they beat Dundalk at Turner’s Cross tonight (7.45)
City chase back-to-back wins for the first time this year against the Lilywhites whose form has been erratic and inconsistent so far.
Sean McCaffrey’s side have scored just four goals in nine games
compared to City’s 12 and Tommy Dunne’s side have got to utilise their home advantage here.
Cork will give late fitness tests to Shane Duggan (thigh) and Tadhg Purcell who had a touch of the ‘flu this week while Jamie Murphy, Stephen Mulcahy, Kevin Murray and Neal Horgan all remain sidelined.
Shane O’Connor is out with a tendon injury in his foot.
“Dundalk have had a similar start to ourselves, with some good results and some not so good.
But any team that goes to the Brandywell and claims a win has to be respected,” said City boss Dunne.
“We need to make Turner’s Cross a fortress again and I think we are slowly but surely getting there.
This is like every home game in that we see it as an opportunity for three points,” he added.
Dundalk have Chris Shields suspended while centre-backs Liam Burns and Luke Danville are out with ankle ligament injuries.
Cork have their Munster Cup final clash with Limerick at Jackman Park on bank holiday Monday (3.00) and they face St Pat’s at Inchicore next Friday night.