Cork City have lost two of their opening three matches in the First Division, but manager Colin Healy isn’t pressing the panic button just yet.
A derby triumph over Cobh Ramblers was followed up by defeats at the hands of Cabinteely and Athlone Town leaving Cork in seventh place and without a goal in each of their last two fixtures.
Healy says, “goals will come, performances will come” and that his side just need to “be patient.”
He saw an improvement in the Athlone game while also conceding that it’s “frustrating to come away with no points to show for what they did.”
Despite the result, the former Cork City player turned manager remains confident that the standards will “step up, the more they play together.”
This is exactly what’s required on Friday night when Shelbourne are the visitors to Turner’s Cross.
Both sides have served up some great battles before and Colin Healy is expecting more of the same in their next clash adding that it’s “always a massive game” when they take on the Reds.
The absence of fans is always more noticeable when rival pairings collide, and Friday’s clash is no different.
The FAI have confirmed they’re in talks with the health authorities to conduct rapid antigen testing at trial fixtures in the hope that small crowds could return to League of Ireland grounds this summer.
Cork skipper, Gearoid Morrissey welcomed the announcement saying that “he can’t wait for fans to come back” and that having “the 12th man is massive”.
The meeting with Shelbourne may be staged behind closed doors but Morrissey says their hunger for victory hasn’t waned.
He commented that they’re playing with added “intensity” adding that “they’re chomping at the bit and can’t wait to get going”.
For all the optimism he remains conscious of the need for a victory which “would generate positivity around the club” and breed confidence among the players.
It promises to be a fascinating encounter and the action kicks off in Turner’s Cross at 7.45 pm on Friday night.
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