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New bidder in for Rebels O'Donnell on way to Galway Quigley scores on Bohs debut

CORK CITY's hopes of survival were given a boost after it was announced a new consortium is lining up a takeover bid for the cash-strapped club.

City fans face an anxious few days as the club is due in the High Court in Dublin on Monday to face a winding-up order taken by the Revenue Commissioners over unpaid tax bills, while Monday is also the day when the FAI hand out licences for this season -- and there's no certainty that Cork will be allowed to compete in the top flight for financial and licencing reasons.

Cork were due to hold a press conference in the city this afternoon, but this morning it was revealed that a new group, headed by Peter Gray and Michael O'Connell, are planning to take over the club from current owner Tom Coughlan.

"I have a genuine love of football and I believe that Cork has the potential to be a really successful club," said Gray.



O'Donnell on way to Galway

CORK City are set to lose another member of last season's squad as midfielder Stephen O'Donnell is on his way to hometown club Galway United.

The former Arsenal trainee made 20 league appearances for Cork last season, joining City after a two-year spell with Bohemians. But he is now on his way out and will link up with ex-Bohs boss Sean Connor again.

Meanwhile, Finn Harps have been boosted ahead of this season as Anthony Gorman and Kevin McHugh return to the club.

Gorman has previously served Harps as player, manager and assistant boss, and he is now back at Finn Park as assistant to manager James Gallagher, while striker McHugh has ended a poor spell at Linfield to return.



Quigley scores on Bohs debut

MARK Quigley scored his first goal on his Bohemians debut as they beat Malaga B in a pre-season friendly in Spain.

The reigning champions were to play Ukrainian club Metallurg Donetsk but they pulled out of the fixture, so Bohs played the second string from Malaga instead and came away with a 2-0 win -- former St Pat's man Quigley and Paddy Madden on target for Bohs, who also had new signings Chris O'Connor, Stephen Gray and trialist Aaron Greene in the starting XI.

Bohs take on Lokomotiv Moscow in a friendly, also in Spain, tomorrow.

-- AIDAN FITZMAURICE


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