Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Derry City aim to Cross a big bridge

Derry striker Mark Farren has rediscovered his goalscoring touch over the past couple of weeks

Derry City travel to Turner's Cross this evening not knowing if the outcome of the match will have any bearing on their league title challenge.

Opponents Cork City are facing a winding up order for the second time in the past 12 months for unpaid tax bills to the Republic's revenue which could force them out of existence.

The petition in the Dublin High Court is due to be heard in ten days time which means that their game against Bray Wanderers next weekend could be their last in senior football.

And if that happens, any team which Cork has beaten this season would be awarded the three points instead.

Going into this evening's game that doesn't affect Derry who beat Cork 2-1 when they met early in the season at the Brandywell.

Cork's league challenge last year was blown off course when they were deducted ten points for financial irregularities.

Revenue collector General Gerry Harrahill filed a petition for the insolvency of Cork City Investment FC Ltd, which will be heard in court on May 25.

If the court rules in favour of the Revenue's petition, Cork City will enter the process of liquidation on the day of the hearing.

But the situation won't alter manager Stephen Kenny's thinking as he returns to a venue at which Derry have struggled over recent seasons.

Derry got their own title challenge right back on track with the 3-2 victory over leaders Bohemians at the Brandywell last Friday night.

Instead of trailing by eight points, the gap is now down to two with Bohs, for the time being, level at the top of the table with Cork.

“It’s an important game for us and Cork are a good side who are tough to beat,” Kenny said.

“We’ve done well coming back from being behind against the top sides to win games and that’s a good sign.

Skipper Peter Hutton has travelled to Cork with the team despite being troubled by a persistent shoulder injury.

He managed to come through the Bohemians match last week but is still not 100pc fit.

Definitely out are Gareth McGlynn, Clive Delaney and Ger O'Brien who have all hamstring injuries.

Sammy Morrow and Tommy Stewart are slight doubts, and Morrow faces a late fitness test on a hip injury he picked up against Bohs.

Striker Morrow has still to register a goal this season, which is something of a worry for Kenny, but now that Mark Farren has rediscovered his touch in the box, the pressure on his partner has been eased slightly.

“We’ve scored six games in the last two games against Drogheda and Bohs, so we’re going in the right direction,” Kenny said.

“The Bohs game was a great victory for us and we want to build on that.

“We drew three times down in Cork last season and it’s always a good crowd and a good atmosphere.”

Cork boss Paul Doolin said: “Derry got the win when we met at the Brandywell earlier in the season, but as I said at the time I do believe we deserved something out of that game.

“We have managed to recover from that defeat and are now ahead of them in the table. It will be a tough game.”

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