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Cork City expecting “tough” encounter against holders Crusaders

Published 26/02/2013 | 10:04

CORK City boss Tommy Dunne are hoping to build on their impressive opening round victory over Cliftonville when they take on reigning Setanta Sports Cup champions Crusaders at Turner’s Cross tonight (kick-off 7.45)

Crusader’s currently lie second in the Irish League table and Cork boss Tommy Dunne is under no illusions as to the gravity of the task his team faces in this evening’s quarter-final.

“Crusaders are in second place in the Irish League and they will be tough opposition,” he said.

“They are the holders of the competition and they are going very well again this season.

“I remember facing them on a number of occasions throughout my playing career, and they are a club with history and a good tradition.”

“They will be a tough, strong team, and they will have no fear at all coming down here.

“I would imagine they will be favourites over the two legs, considering they are the holders and the fact that they have the majority of their season behind them, so we know we are in for a good test.

“We are representing our league, as well as our city and our club, and I think it will be a game worth watching.”

The Rebels will be without John Dunleavy is still ruled out following tonsillitis, while Brian Lenihan is continuing his recovery from a groin injury. Kalen Spillane is suspended following his sending off in the second leg against Cliftonville.

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