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Shiels unhappy but it's game on in storm-damaged Cork



The collapsed stand

The collapsed stand

The collapsed stand

Derry City's game with Cork City will go ahead this evening despite a section of the Turner's Cross stand collapsing yesterday as a result of Storm Ophelia.

Kenny Shiels and his players have been holed up in a hotel in Cork since Sunday after learning too late that the game, originally scheduled for last night, had been put back 24 hours.

The Derry City manager had called for the clash to be postponed further but, despite schools and businesses closing up and down the country, the game has been given the go ahead after a fire inspector deemed the ground safe for use, aside from the one section of the ground where the stand has collapsed.

The hosts need just one point to be confirmed as league champions at long last, while a win for Derry would see them overtake Shamrock Rovers into third place with just two league games remaining. The game will be shown live on RTE, with kick off set for 7.20pm, but Shiels remains unhappy that it is going ahead.

"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.

Belfast Telegraph