Table toppers Cork City entertain Waterford United in the big Munster derby at Turner's Cross tomorrow night in the pick of Friday's eircom League action.
Cork City v Waterford United
Winger Roy O’Donovan returns from suspension for leaders Cork as they search for a sixth straight win against struggling Waterford in the Munster derby at Turner's Cross.
Goalkeeper Michael Devine’s shoulder won’t be risked with next week’s UEFA Cup trip to Sweden in mind.
The Blues have defender David Breen back from suspension but boss Brendan Rea waits on Paul Crowley, PJ Banville and Sean Finn who are all carrying knocks.
Derry City v Bray Wanderers
Derry boss Stephen Kenny is wary of Bray as he strives for a seventh straight league win.
“We’re scoring a good ratio of goals in our home games lately, but Bray have a decent away record in terms of travelling long distances with wins at Finn Harps and Waterford and a draw in Cork,” said Kenny.
Derry are likely to be unchanged from Tuesday's win over Bohemians as Sean Hargan, Eddie McCallion, Eamon Doherty and Kevin Deery remain sidelined.
Bray have Colm Tresson available again while Paul Crowley, Robbie McGuinness and Barry McGrory could come back into the panel.
Shamrock Rovers v St Patrick’s Athletic
St Pat’s are down to the bare bones for this Dublin derby at Dalymount. Stephen Caffrey, Alan Reilly and Robbie Doyle are banned while skipper Colm Foley could be out for the season with cruciate ligament damage.
Stephen Quigley and Gerard Rowe are doubtful starters due to illness.
Rejuvenated Rovers have Keith Doyle back from suspension but are without Jason McGuinness (knee) and Brian Shelley (Hamstring).
Ciaran Foley is thus set for his debut in central defence.
UCD v Finn Harps
Boss Pete Mahon says UCD would be in the top four if they had a goalscorer.
“The reason we are in mid-table is because we can’t score enough goals,” said Mahon.
Though striker Damien Dupuy is fit following a broken toe, College are likely to be unchanged from their 1-1 draw at Bohemians last week.
Harps have keeper Gavin Cullen and defenders Jonathan Minnock and Declan Boyle fully fit for caretaker boss Anthony Gorman's first match in charge.
Ex-youth international Henry McStay has delayed a decision on signing for Harps to have talks with Halifax Town.
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