“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.”
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