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Cork is the point of focus for today's action in the Premier Division and FAI Ford Cup

Updated: Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 10:22 | Comments

Cork will be without the services of goalkeeper Mark McNulty for today's visit of Shamrock Rovers
Cork will be without the services of goalkeeper Mark McNulty for today's visit of Shamrock Rovers

Cork will be the venue for this afternoon’s games in the FAI Ford Cup and Airtricity League.

In the Cup there is a second-round tie between the top two amateur sides in the country as FAI Intermediate Cup winners Avondale United host FAI Junior Cup holders Sheriff YC at Avondale Park.

In the Airtricity League Premier Division Cork City face Shamrock Rovers at Turner’s Cross (3.30pm) and a win would move Tommy Dunne’s side into sixth place.

Premier Division

Cork City v Shamrock Rovers, Turner's Cross, 3.30pm

Cork City return to action after a two-week break as their FAI Ford Cup second-round tie against Kilbarrack United won't take place until 5 August.

The last time Cork met Rovers was in April in the semi-final of the Setanta Sports Cup when Billy Dennehy, with the last kick of the game, secured Rovers' place in the final on away goals after a 3-3 draw on aggregate.

Cork will be without the services of goalkeeper Mark McNulty and Denis Behan through suspension, though Behan’s knee injury means the striker is likely to be sidelined until after the break in any case.

Fellow-striker Danny Morrissey is struggling with a hamstring injury, while Kevin Murray remains sidelined following the recurrence of his groin injury.

Shane Duggan (thigh), Colin Healy (knee) and Neal Horgan (knee) have all struggled with injuries during the week.

Rovers’ Danny Ledwith and Mark Quigley remain out for at least another week with hamstring injuries, while Pat Sullivan is expected to be available again for Sunday’s tie.

David Elebert is a doubt with a groin injury. Stephen Rice is suspended.

FAI Ford Cup Second Round

Avondale United v Sheriff YC, Avondale Park, 2pm

The FAI Intermediate Cup winners for the past three years meet the FAI Junior Cup winners of the past two years in a fascinating FAI Ford Cup Second Round clash in Cork.

Avondale have already wrapped up the Munster Senior League and have been waiting patiently for this tie, while Sheriff are working their way through an end-of-season backlog which includes a battle with Kilbarrack United for the AUL Premier A Division title.

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