Cork City v Derry City – Mon 4th June – 3.00pm – Turner’s Cross, Cork
The Candystripes set off for Cork on Sunday afternoon ahead of their very difficult trip to face John Caulfield’s in-form team at Turner’s Cross on Monday.
City are on a disappointing run of form, with only four points from the last seven games which has seen them drop after an impressive winning spell.
Manager Kenny Shiels said he had no fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash and that his side would welcome back Rory Patterson after his suspension ahead of the loss to Sligo Rovers at the weekend.
“You could see what Rory’s presence gives us when he wasn’t there on Friday night. He has a fantastic work-rate and we missed that against Sligo” said Shiels.
The club confirmed this week that Dapo Kayode has left the Brandywell by mutual consent but Shiels was quick to reassure supporters that help was on the way.
“We have lost players in the first half of the season but obviously we weren’t able to add any replacements until July. We are very close to bringing in three players who will really boost the squad but I don’t want to start naming people because that has worked against us in the past.”
One person who was widely believed to be joining the club this summer is Shiels’ son Dean and the City boss was happy to confirm developments on Sunday.
“Dean will sign a one-and-half year deal with us over the next week or so. He will give us good options for a busy second half of the season and will provide that bit of experience we’re lacking.”
“I can assure supporters that the club is working really hard to bring in what we need. There will be more positive news to bring in the coming weeks, I’m fairly certain of that.”
“I hope our supporters will remember that this is pretty much the same team that went 10 matches unbeaten just a few weeks ago. There are a few more tired limbs at the minute but we’ll get through that.”
“There’s a break coming up and we’ll be using every minute of it both for recuperation and to try to get those deals over the line.”
“I would ask our supporters to stick with us. They were such a big help during that good run and we’ll be doing everything we can to get that positive energy back again.”
Europa League Prize Draw
There’s still time to get your ticket for our fundraising prize draw where you wan win a trip with the DCFC squad to our away leg in Europe, tickets are £5 and can be bought online here.
Draw takes place on June 15th at our home game against Dundalk.