Longford’s Home form in the last five games reads four wins and one defeat (Including a win against Shelbourne in the FAI Cup). Cork’s away form in their last five games in domestic football reads similarly with four wins and a defeat, and like Longford, one in the FAI Cup away to Home Farm.
These teams when first paired together appear poorly matched. You would think it should be a walk in the park for Cork City, owing to their Premier Division status and the fact they are reigning champions. Longford have steady home form and likewise Cork on the road. Since Cork’s heavy defeat over two legs in Europe against Rosenborg, they’ve hit a stumbling block. For Longford they are on a great run of form of late, trying to make one final push for a promotion play off spot back to the top division of Irish football. Longford have already taken the scalp of Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup this season who like Cork are a Premier Division team. Cork City’s two games in this year’s FAI Daily Mail cup have both come against non league teams in Home Farm and Maynooth. This test against Longford should prove to be a much harder assignment. Last time the two teams met was in the exact same round of last year’s cup at the City Calling Stadium, Cork ran out 4 – 1 winners.
For Longford Sam Verdon, Dean Byrne, and Jamie Hollywood are all set to miss out on the game. Daniel O’Reilly is suspended. Cork City look like having a full strength squad to choose from, just like last weeks game against Sligo Rovers.
If Longford can start on the front foot and put Cork under early pressure it could be a bumpy ride for Cork. Ultimately I think John Caulfield will have his team drilled in a professional manner for this game and expecting to get them back on a winning track.
Correct score: Cork City 2-0 at 11/2
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