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Cork City's potentially title-winning clash to go ahead tomorrow despite Storm Ophelia damage to Turners Cross

16 October 2017; Damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
16 October 2017; Damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
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The FAI have confirmed that Cork City's fixture with Derry City will go ahead on Tuesday night at Turners Cross despite the damage done to the stadium during Storm Ophelia today.

The roof of the Derrynane Stand came off after exceptionally strong winds battered Cork.

Photos emerged highlighting the extent of the damage to Cork City's stadium, but the FAI said that after inspecting Turners Cross, the game will go ahead.

Cork were originally meant to take on Derry on Monday night, with the game being pushed back until Tuesday due to the forecasted storm. Cork are just one point away from sealing the league title, and after the chaos caused by the storm, John Caulfield's men would love to seal the league title in front of their home supporters tomorrow night.

"The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game between Cork City and Derry City will go ahead on Tuesday, October 17 at Turner's Cross," the FAI said in a statement.

"Following severe weather conditions, the game was moved from Monday, October 16 to Tuesday, and structural damage did occur at Turner's Cross, resulting in the Derrynane Stand being closed for the game.

"An engineer visited the ground on Monday afternoon and while damage was done to a particular section, the rest of the stadium was not affected.

"The engineer approved the fixture proceeding once the necessary works are completed on Tuesday morning in clearing debris and the Derrynane Stand remaining closed."

You can see the damage done to Turners Cross in the gallery below:

16 October 2017; Damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
16 October 2017; Damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
16 October 2017; Damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
16 October 2017; Damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
16 October 2017; Damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
16 October 2017; Damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
16 October 2017; Damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
16 October 2017; Damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
16 October 2017; Damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
16 October 2017; Damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
16 October 2017; A view of the damage to the Derrynane Stand at Turners Cross Stadium, home of Cork City Football Club, due to Storm Ophelia. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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