League Preview: Cork City -v- Longford Town

Cork City attacking midfielder Jack Doherty

Cork City attacking midfielder Jack Doherty Credit: David Ribeiro (ETPhotos)


League leaders Cork City host First Division strugglers Longford Town on Friday night at Turner’s Cross (kick-off is at 7.45pm). 

City have drawn their last three games on the spin but they remain in control of the automatic promotion picture. 

And they will be looking to right the wrongs of Monday’s 0-0 draw against UCD against Longford.

“The game on Monday against UCD is one that we should not have drawn but that's the nature of the league,” Tim Clancy said. 

“Longford are a good side and have a lot of good young players. 

“Since Wayne Groves has gone in there, I know how good he works and the confidence he has in the players. I think you are seeing that with the result they are getting. 


Injury-hit Longford Town travel to Leeside with a point to prove against the leaders. 

Longford fell to a heavy 4-1 loss against Cork City last time the sides met and come into the game off the back of a 2-2 draw versus Wexford. 

And they will be kicking themselves that they did not win at Ferrycarrig Park after taking a 2-0 lead into the closing stages. 

But they are relishing their crack at Cork City, even though Jamie Egan, Dean George, Oisin Hand, Viktor Serdeniuk, Luke Wade-Slater, Chris Lyons and Adam Wixted are likely to be sidelined. 

“It’s a huge challenge for us. We’re trying to get three points in every game and so are the opposition,” boss Wayne Groves told his club’s media team this week. 

“Will it be easy? No. But people would have expected Wexford to dominate against the team at the bottom of the table.. 

“To be fair to us, we were very good during that game. 

“We have to go into the Cork game with the same mindset. They will be difficult to beat but we will pick lads up and give it a good go against a team that should realistically win the league.”

Referee: Daryl Carolan. 



Cork City 3-0 Longford Town 


Cork City

Injured: John O’Donovan, Matthew Kiernan, Jaden Umeh, Cathal O’Sullivan, Niall Brookwell. 


Suspended: None. 


Longford Town

Injured: Jamie Egan, Dean George, Oisin Hand, Viktor Serdeniuk, Luke Wade-Slater, Chris Lyons, Adam Wixted.