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Bohemians and Cork City push for strong Airtricity League finish

Updated: Friday, 21 Sep 2012 10:26 | Comments

Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan: 'I think we can target 11 or 12 points from the five remaining games.'
Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan: 'I think we can target 11 or 12 points from the five remaining games.'

Bohemians and Cork City go head to head in tonight’s AIrtricity League Premier Division clash at Dalymount Park, kick-off 7.45pm.

The Gypies are targeting a Setanta Cup place with a decent league finish after the disappointment of losing their FAI Ford Cup quarter-final to Dundalk last week.

City have claimed three wins in their last four league outings and are now fifth, one point and two places above Bohs.

The sides have met twice already this season; they drew 1-1 at Turner’s Cross in July, while the Dubliners claimed a 1-0 win in Dalymount in April.

For Bohemians, Derek Pender is suspended and Ryan McEvoy (ankle) is unlikely to be fit.

Kevin Feely has returned from a trial at Stoke City and will be assessed. Latest signing Garreth O’Connor is likely to be in the match-day squad.

Cork City’s Gearóid Morrissey has been given a two-game ban following his sending off against Bray Wanderers, while Ian Turner has been handed a one game ban following his dismissal in the same game.

Cathal Lordan (knee) remains sidelined, as does Brian Lenihan (hamstring). Young defenders Eoghan Murphy and Stephen Carroll have both joined College Corinthians to allow both players play more regular first team football. John Dunleavy and Colin Healy may be available for the trip as both are back in training after recovering from ankle and thigh injuries respectively.

Bohs boss Aaron Callaghan said: "I think we can target 11 or 12 points from the five remaining games. The onus is on us to go out and win the games. If we make sure that the attitude of the players is right we can get a run of wins.

“In football you always have your next game to get over a disappointment. It’s done and dusted now and we have been focusing on the Cork City game.”

City boss Tommy Dunne said: “We have the incentive of trying to win the game, which would put us in a good position going into the final four games.

“Bohs are quite a similar side to us in many ways and they have shown they are capable of beating any team in the league.

“Aaron Callaghan has done a fantastic job with them and they try to get the ball down and play, so we know it will be a tough game for us. We need to be better than we were in our last two meetings with them, and I would hope that we will be more competitive this time around.”

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