Cork vs Dundalk by Luke
Cork City is now in a really good phase, since the team comes into this match after winning five consecutive matches in all competitions, and looking at their performances it seems that the side is yet to hit the peak of their form. The team also has seven consecutive victories in Premier Division, as they currently hold the second position with four points less than Dundalk and this game comes as a great chance to improve the situation even further.
In the most recent game, played on Sunday evening, players of Cork managed to take a convincing and easy victory away from home against Longford, celebrating with a 3:0 result. They were better from the start and slowly were building up the pressure, but everything became much more easier when the hosts stood playing with a man less, when their defender Noack Hofman got red carded in 34th minute. They converted the domination into goals in second half, via Maguire in 57th, O'Sullivan in 73rd and sealed it with a goal from Dooley in 83rd.
Full back Johnny Dunleavy (13/0) is missing for the second consecutive game, while the home side also can't count at a bit more long-term injuries such as defender Browne Kenny (11/1). Doubtful, but with chances to play is also defender Buckley Garry (10/1), while the game probably comes too soon for forward Sheppard Karl (13/4).
Dundalk didn't have that easy game at home against Wexford last weekend and despite many problems faced during the match, they managed to celebrate with a 3:2 result. They were twice behind in the scoreline, but managed to respond well near the end of the game to seal the victory. Their opponents entered better into the match and took the lead in 11th minute thanks to a goal from Murphy, but Horgan responded just ten minutes later to level up the result.
Players of Dundalk were better during the rest of the first halftime, but couldn't revert the scoreline, just to see their opponents again getting better into the repetition and taking the lead again, this time in 57th via Molloy. As said, they used last quarter of the game in a best possible way and secured the three pointer thanks to Meenan in 76th and McEleney in third minute of additional time.
Similar to their opponents, they are also on a great run, having seven consecutive victories in all competitions, eight in Premier Division at the moment. Guests won't be able to count at forward O'Connor Ciaran (1/0) is already more of a long term absentee, but striker Patrick McEleney and midfielder and captain Stephen O’Donnell are fit having made their return last weekend from groin and ankle injuries respectively.
- Cork City have won their last 7 matches (Airtricity League).
Even though we will see two best defensive sides in the league, I believe the game itself will be pretty much open. Cork is on a great run and needs to search for a victory here, something that grant us more interesting game than what the bookies suggest. All in all, the chances for over are, at least, way bigger than the bookies represent at the moment.