Preview: Wexford Youths v Cork City

Wexford Youths and Cork City meet for the second time in two weeks when they meet in the FAI Cup fourth round clash at Ferrycarrig Park. The sides drew 2-2 in the league at Turner’s Cross last time out, with Wexford grabbing a point thanks to an injury time equaliser just minutes after City had taken a 2-1 lead.

Despite having won just three games in the league all season, Wexford will be hoping to upset the form book and follow up their shock cup victory over Derry City in the last round. However Cork City represents a tough ask for Noel O’Connor’s men, with Southerners currently 2nd in the Division one table and through to the EA sports cup final.

O’Connor will be without the service of Antony Russell, who is away on honeymoon while midfielder Shane Nolan is out injured.

Meanwhile Cork manager Tommy Dunne has a number of injury concerns ahead of the game, with injury ruling out Greg O’Halloran and Mark while Vincent Escudé-Candau and Davin O’Neill are doubts.

Also unavailable is on-loan winger Daryl Horgan who is cup-tied having featured for Sligo Rovers earlier in the season, although the squad has been boosted by the return of full back Neal Horgan.

Speaking ahead of the game, Dunne told “Looking back on our last meeting with Wexford, the lesson we have learned is that we need to be more clinical at both ends of the pitch. We created a lot of chances and did not take them, while defensively we made mistakes which led to the goals. In our other meetings with Wexford this season we have had fewer chances, but we took them when the opportunities arose.”

“I like playing in Wexford. The pitch is always good, and with the weather at the moment it should be in very good condition. We have the players to get the ball down and play, and that pitch suits us, so we are looking forward to the game.”

“With a tight squad like ours the fact that we are in two cups is difficult, but the cup is still something to look forward to. Our primary goal has to be to gain promotion, but we need to be competitive in every game we play, so with a number of players missing and a small squad we do not really get the opportunity to rest players as we might like to do.”

Prediction: Away win, Cork are on a high at the moment and should carry that momentum with them to Ferrycarrig Park


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