Cork City welcome Athlone Town to Turner’s Cross tomorrow night in the second round of the FAI Ford Cup.
City have been in good form in the league and are unbeaten in five games, and had the better of the visitors when they met in the First Division last season, winning two of the three encounters between the sides. While the last meeting between the sides resulted in a record-breaking 7-0 win for City, manager Tommy Dunne told CorkCityFC.net that his side will have to play well if they are to progress: “Athlone are, like ourselves, a team with a proud history and tradition, and I have no doubt that they will be looking to progress to the next round also. As is so often pointed out, what division you are in or what form you are in does not tend to matter when it comes to the cup, and we know it will be a competitive game and that we can take nothing for granted.”
“I believe we are capable of progressing, but the cup can throw up unexpected results, so we need to work hard to ensure that we are not one of the surprise results in this round. It will be a difficult game, but if we apply ourselves correctly and perform to our potential, then we will give ourselves a good chance of getting the result we want.”
Dunne still has a number of players out injured, with Shane O’Connor (foot) and Jamie Murphy (ankle) still sidelined. Knee injury victims Stephen Mulcahy, Kevin Murray and Neal Horgan are back in training but are not yet in contention for selection. The City boss is hopeful that O’Connor will be available for next week’s trip to Shamrock Rovers, with Horgan, Murray, Murphy and Mulcahy likely to be available towards the end of June.
Dunne also gave CorkCityFC.net an update on Dan Murray’s injury, which has sidelined him for the last three games. The City captain is suffering from an inflammation of the pubic bone, which has been troubling him for some weeks now. Commenting on the injury, Dunne said: “Dan has had this injury for a number of weeks, and it has caused him a lot of discomfort. It is a similar injury to that which Stephen Mulcahy had in 2010, and I know from my own personal experience that it is a difficult injury to deal with.
“Dan played through the pain barrier for a number of games, and for the last couple of games he has gone on the bench in case he has been needed, despite the pain the injury has been causing him. We will be sitting down with the club doctor and the physio over the next few days to decide what course of action we will take. I hope we can get Dan back to full fitness as soon as possible, as he has been fantastic around the club since he came back.”
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