Cork City suffered a crushing defeat at home to the hands of league leaders Shamrock Rovers last week in Turner’s Cross.
Cork conceded two goals after 36 minutes; Dan Casey dragged Cork back into the game on 41st minute giving them somewhat of a lifeline, only for Shamrock Rovers midfielder Aaron McEneff to smash home a thunderbolt on the 62nd minute to put the game to bed for Rovers.
That ended any hope of a surge in the game from City, and probably any chance of winning the title this season.
St Patrick’s Athletic finally got themselves back to winning ways last week when beating the champions Dundalk at home in Richmond Park.
The goal game on the stroke of half time when goalkeeper Brendan Clarke pumped a long ball up the field which saw Gary Shaw flick it down the flank to Rhys McCabe who’s harmless cross went across the Dundalk box. It looked like goalkeeper Gary Rogers was going to claim but Dan Cleary of Dundalk turned it into his own net.
The only goal of the game on the night. Pats won’t mind what way the goal came after a much needed win to stop their slump and drought lately.
There was high praise on the night from Harry Kenny, St Pats manager, for Chris Forrester:
“Chris is only starting to be properly fit now. He created things and worked very hard for us. He played very well”
It’s hard to disagree with him going on his performance on the night against Dundalk.
However the standout player and the St Pats man of the match on the night was Rhys McCabe, the Scot was influential on the night.
This match early in the season finished 1-0 to St Pats in Inchicore on the opening night of the season.
Mikey Dreenan calmly slotted his penalty past experienced goalkeeper Mark McNulty to get his side off to the best possible start to the season.
Airtricity League half-time scores: Bohemians 1-0 Finn Harps; Derry City 1-0 UCD; Dundalk 0-1 Sligo Rovers; St Pats 1-0 Cork City; Waterford 1-0 Shamrock Rovers https://t.co/zBGfMIt3yt pic.twitter.com/1nvvjRVTEr
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Cork are coming into this game on the back of two defeats in the league to Rovers and Dundalk , confidence is going to be low in the Cork camp you have to feel.
Even manager John Caulfield came out last week in defeat to Rovers and said:
“At the moment, we’re just down in confidence, Defeats do that to you, But we’ll just work hard “
He’ll will be hoping to make some negatives from last week’s performance turned into positives.
You can say the worrying thing for Cork is their striker Graham Cummins has only found the net once in this league campaign so far.
I think Pats are going to go down to Cork hoping to build on the win last week and try and get points out of this game.
I can see Pats overloading the middle of the park and the two teams cancelling each other out at times.
The Super Saints will be happy with their performance last week, and the way they frustrated the Dundalk side all night.
Cork need the fans to back them on the night. The last thing they need is supporters to start turning away from games.
They had some great years over the last number of seasons and they’re just in what you may call a transitional season.
I can see there being a lack of goals, with both teams cancelling each other out.
My verdict for this game is a tight affair with St Patrick’s Athletic shading it like they did on the opening night of the season.
Cork’s confidence will be completely shot after their last two league games. With Pats winning a hard game last week, the bit is surely between their teeth and they’ll be hoping to jump all over a damaged Cork team.
Going for a low scoring game with Pats coming out as narrow winners
Under 1.5 Goals at 13/8
St Patrick’s Athletic straight win at 14/5
Draw HT Pats FT at 6/1