Date: August 8, 2014
Venue: Turner’s Cross, Cork, Republic of Ireland
Kick-off time: 19:45 BST
The second and third placed teams in the Irish Premier Division will be in action this Friday as Cork City FC and St Patrick’s Athletic go head to head in an important game in the championship.
While the former lie in second place with 46 points from 22 games, St Patrick’s have 43 from as many games and could leapfrog their opponents into second place if they win their game away at Turner’s Cross.
It is an important game for both teams considering that Dundalk have a 6 point lead over Cork and seem to be running away with the title.
Cork City’s form
Cork come into the fixture in poor form after losing consecutive matches at Bohemian FC (2-0) and at home to Dundalk Football Club (1-2). They will be looking to change that when they take on the third placed side on Friday.
They are not lacking in Inspiration either as the second placed team in the Irish Premier Division had won 2-1 against UCD on July 18, a week after getting the better of Drogheda United with a solitary goal.
St Patrick’s Athletic’s form
St Patrick’s will come into this game brimming with confidence after having won their past two games in the league. In their last game, St Patrick’s defeated Sligo Rovers by a goal to nil.
After drawing against Bohemian FC in the league on July 11, St Patrick’s drew 1-1 away at Legia Warsaw in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round first leg.
They were subjected to a humiliating home defeat by the same side on July 23. However, the side have quickly recovered from the shock 5-0 defeat with a win over Athlone Town FC just three days after the setback.
Cork City: William Dennehy
27-year-old Dennehy will be one of Cork’s best players on the pitch on Friday. He has 10 goals in the league this season from nine games which is an enviable statistic for a midfield operator.
St Patrick’s: Chris Forrester
The 21-year-old up and coming midfielder Chris Forrester is expected to play a crucial part in this game. His 10 goals in the 22 games that he has featured in this season have seen him become one of the main players for the third placed side this season.
St Patrick’s have won three times out of the last five games featuring both teams.
Cork have won once at home while the Premier Division game from March 7 this year was drawn. After St Patrick’s won their match at home in May this year, Cork will be looking to give their fans something to cheer as the two sides meet for the last time this season in the Premier Division.
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