Monday 25 March 2019

City lose Lordan for FAI Cup clash


CORK City boss Tommy Dunne will have to plan without Cathal Lordan for Friday night's FAI Cup third round match against Bluebell United. The midfielder injured his knee in training last week and is due to have a scan on the problem this week. Otherwise, Dunne has a full squad to chose from following Gearóid Morrissey's return from a groin injury against Athlone Town.

The Cup tie against Bluebell Utd will provide a welcome distraction for the Rebel Army who only have one league game – away to Mervue United – remaining before the summer break. The gaffer is aiming for victory in both matches, results he believes will allow everyone enjoy their short rest.

"We're looking forward to the game," the Dubliner said.

"The Cup always brings a little bit of spice to it and we're hoping to get a good, positive result. Bluebell are second in the Leinster Senior League so they will be a really tough team to play against.

"They have some big, strong players and a few players that are experienced at that level so it

Cork City's Cathal Lordan will be a difficult game for us. For them coming to Cork and playing Cork City at Turner's Cross is a nice game. They will be well up for it, so we'll have to match their enthusiasm, will and desire from the very start.

"Hopefully, we'll be just that bit stronger in the game itself and if we have one or two better players on the pitch, it can make a difference for us. There's no real pressure so we can just get out and enjoy ourselves."

The summer break will do two things for Dunne's squad – it will allow the players take a welldeserved rest as well as giving management time to finalise a couple of signings, most of whom are likely to be available for action before the end of the month.

"The break will give us a chance to recharge batteries and refocus on certain things, getting players fresh and getting some new faces in. We need to try and win these two matches and it would set us up nicely for the second half of the season.

"The Munster Senior League lads are available now, but there are a couple who are still involved with the Cup themselves. Most of them will be available to us for the Limerick game and we're hoping that we can bring in a few players between now and then."

Meanwhile, the Cork City Football Club name is returned to its rightful owners, the fans of Cork City FC. The club will continue to play under the name of Cork City FORAS Co-op, as the name of the club cannot be changed mid-season, nor will the news today affect their crest for the foreseeable future.

Commenting following the purchase, Cork City Chairman John O'Sullivan said: "This is a development with which we are all absolutely delighted. A significant amount of work and care went into the process, and we would like to recognise the contribution of Seán Ó'Conaill and our solicitor Michael O'Dowd of O'Hanlon O'Dowd Solicitors.

"We would also like to express our appreciation to the team at Moore Stephens Nathans; the decision to allow Cork City FC to continue playing at underage level allows us to express with absolute certainty that Cork City FC has never stopped, not for a second."