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Derry City fans urged to be 'extra cautious' in Storm Ophelia as Cork tie postponed 24 hours

By Eoin Wilson

Kenny Shiels believes the safety of his players should be taken into consideration as Derry City are scheduled to meet Cork City in the middle of a tropical storm.

The scheduled league game at Turner’s Cross,  which was supposed to take place this evening, has been put back 24 hours, but Derry City were one of the last to know, with the FAI making the decision on Sunday evening, when the Candy Stripes were already on the road.

Winds of at least 70 mph are projected by the time ex-hurricane Ophelia reaches Ireland, and the National Hurricane Center forecast shows almost the entirety of the country guaranteed to witness tropical storm force winds of over 39mph.

With the storm predicted to be the worst to hit Ireland in 50 years, Shiels believes there should be no discussion of  football taking place at all this week.

“We just don’t want anyone to get hurt,” he said. “I have a duty of care as manager to the players and it’s my job to make sure that their families know they are safe. It is absolutely horrendous.

“I think it should have been called off before we left at lunch time but it wasn’t so it’s out of our control. Tuesday could be as bad.

“I would stress that any fans travelling, and I know it will be small numbers, but I would urge fans to be extra cautious.”

Should the game go ahead tomorrow night, RTE cameras will be there as Cork City attempt to finally clinch the league title.

Cork have failed to win a league game since August but they will be crowned champions if they can get at least a point against the Candy Stripes, with Turner’s Cross expected to be sold out with over 5,000 fans in attendance.

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