Cork City v Derry City – Fri 1st Mar – KO 7.45pm – Turners Cross
SSE Airtricity League
Derry made it back-to-back home wins on Monday night edging out Waterford in a 3-2 thriller at the Brandywell.
Now Declan Devine’s side will look to open their account on the road having lost to Shamrock Rovers (2-0) last Friday.
A long trek to Turner’s Cross awaits the Candystripes and three points won’t come easy against last season’s runners-up Cork City.
Derry assistant manager Kevin Deery believes the team must be consistent and improve on their last trip to South Dublin:
“We went away to Shamrock Rovers and couldn’t quite find our feet. After coming off the back of a great result against Waterford we have to go down and build on it.”
Earlier this week Cork picked up their first league win by seeing off Sligo 2-1 at the Showgrounds where Deery was part of the management team last year.
Despite a grim record away to Cork City in recent years, Deery is hopeful of a victory:
“We played really well on Monday night so why not go into the game with confidence.”
“We definitely have a good chance of coming out with a positive result,” he added.
During Declan Devine’s tenure in 2013, Derry came out on the winning end at Turner’s Cross in a 1-0 win.
A victory that was in fact Derry’s first league win in Cork against the Leesiders in 15 years.
Assistant manager Kevin Deery has also experienced “mixed emotions” as a player and coach at the venue:
“I had probably one of the worst nights of my career down here in 2005 when we lost the league but I think history is history.”
“ I don’t think we should get caught up in the fact we’re at Turner’s Cross.”
John Caulfield’s Cork men were winless in their first two games but a goal in each half was sufficient in holding off a spirited Sligo side.
Following their opening home game defeat to Munster rivals Waterford (2-0) Cork manager John Caulfield has now backed his young and inexperienced side to adapt to the environment at Turner’s Cross.
With that in mind the Leesiders will be aiming for back-to-back wins but will be facing a rejuvenated Derry side targeting the same feat.
With everyone else fit, Conor McDermott and Gianni Seraf have been added to the squad.
McDermott and Seraf joined Shane McNamee, Evan Tweed and Gerardo Bruna in playing 90 minutes against Finn Harps reserves on Tuesday night with Seraf grabbing City’s only goal in the 1-1 draw.
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Listen to Assistant Manager, Kevin Deery, below as he looks ahead to the Cork game.