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Rovers hope to be first side to pop Caulfield’s Cork this season

The Hoops make the trip south to face high flying Cork City in Turners Cross tonight for what will be their third match in 14 days.
The Leesiders stretched their unbeaten run in the league to 15 games and come into tonights match on the back of a straightforward 5-0 win over Drogheda United last Friday and a tough 2-1 win away to Sligo Rovers on Monday night.
The Hoops of course bounced back from their 3-1 defeat away to Derry last Friday with a comfortable 2-0 home win against Galway United on Monday night.
Cork City have been banging in the goals at home. So far this season they’ve scored 25 in 8 home games, with their last two league encounters at Turners Cross ending in 5-0 wins for the team threatening to run away with the title.
Speaking to Shamrock Rovers.ie during the week, gaffer Stephen Bradley said his team are playing with confidence right now.
“It’s going to be a good game. Cork are obviously flying, they’re top of the league and beating everyone that they come up against.
“It’s going to be a really tough game, we know that but we just have to go and play our game and try to impose ourselves on them as much as possible and see what happens.
“We know what Cork are good at and what they’re going to bring so we just have to make sure we show up and bring our good attributes and make a proper game of it. The players are playing with confidence at the moment.
“We look dangerous going forward, I think you can see that in patches against Derry and especially the second half against Galway so we just have to bring that into tomorrow night.”
Dave Webster and Ryan Connolly are fit for the game while Roberto Lopes will have a fitness test, but Paul Corry is again ruled out with the manager saying he faces at least another six to eight weeks on the sidelines.

The sides’ last met at Tallaght Stadium on St. Patricks Day, when Cork City ran out 2-1 winners with Sean Maguire scoring both goals.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Cork boss John Caulfield said he was expecting a challenge from The Hoops tonight.

“To us, every game is a big game and this already looks like it’s going to be a full house.

“Shamrock Rovers are always a great attraction.

“The challenge for us is that we keep performing at our level. If we under-estimate or disrespect anyone then we will be in trouble.

“Stephen Bradley came in midway through last season and laid his foundations.

“They have since went out and invested massively in the off season. They have brought in some real quality players, Finn, Connolly, Lopes, McAllister and Burke.

“They had 7/8 good players and have now brought in about 10 real quality players. We expect a massive challenge”

With regards to injuries for the hosts, Garry Buckley will be assessed before the game.

He was due to play Monday night but was forced to withdraw.

Ex Hoop Karl Sheppard, Steven Beattie and Geared Morrissey trained during the week, but all are to be assessed ahead of the game.

KO in Turners Cross is 19.45 tonight