Friday, February 17, 2017

Noel Spillane

Soccer

Sean Maguire, Cork City, scores his side’s second goal in the last year’s President’s Cup final. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

 

CORK City boss John Caulfield is hoping another President’s Cup win over league champions Dundalk will kick start the Leesiders season just as it did this time last year.

The two best teams in the country go head-to-head again at Turner’s Cross this evening (7.45pm) in the official curtain-raiser to the new football season and meet for the first time since City’s 1-0 FAI Cup final victory at the Aviva Stadium last November.

“Dundalk replaced the lads that moved on with other quality players and talented players. Last year we had a very good team too but injuries stretched us at times and hopefully we can overcome that this season and be in the shake up right to the very end,” said City’s John Caulfield on the eve of the big game.

City will be missing Alan Bennett and skipper Johnny Dunleavy but on loan Shane Griffin from Reading is available after recovering from a foot injury he sustained in the 3-1 friendly win over Cobh Ramblers.

Gearoid Morrissey, Cork City, in action against Dane Massey, Dundalk. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

Caulfield said that his squad is well equipped to cope with the pressures of the title race adding that Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and Sligo Rovers were ones to watch.

“Look it there’s a Cup and a trophy on the table to be won tonight and we want to win it again. It certainly kick started our season last year because it was the first time we had beaten Dundalk and that was a big psychological boost for us.

“We went on to beat them four times in five matches and we won the FAI Cup too and I suppose home advantage might give us a slight edge in front of a big home crowd,” he added.

City have launched their new home jersey for the season and they will wear it for the first time tonight.

The new two-tone green jersey has been secured through Teamwear Ireland in conjunction with Nike UK & Ireland and features in tonight’s final.

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