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Cork City's game against Derry to go ahead despite stadium roof collapse in Storm Ophelia

By Gareth Hanna

Cork City's wait for the League of Ireland title could come to an end on Tuesday evening despite the roof of their Turner's Cross stadium partially collapsing.

Storm Ophelia is battering Ireland and the stadium felt its full force on the eve of the potential title-clincher against Derry City. The roof over one stand has partially collapsed, but, amazingly, the game is set to go ahead. A positive result would be enough to see City clinch their third league title.

The game was originally scheduled for Monday evening but was postponed for 24 hours, with Derry manager Kenny Shiels less than impressed with that decision.

"It seems illogical to have asked us to travel when there was such a red weather warning, and you would expect that weather that severe would still have an effect on Tuesday evening, so surely I would have been more sensible to have put it back to next week," he explained.

"That would have suited us and it would have suited Cork City but we are governed by what the authorities decide and they say it must go ahead."

Derry - who have Nicky Low available following suspension - go into the game on the back of successive league wins over Drogheda United and Finn Harps, while Cork, without a league win since August, are desperate to get over the line in a title race that has largely been over since early summer.

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