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Sunday 23 April 2017

Long looks for lift against Cork

Cork City’s Sean Maguire, pictured with his SWAI Player of the Month award for March
Cork City’s Sean Maguire, pictured with his SWAI Player of the Month award for March
Keith Long

Cork City, the Premier Division's top side, and the only team with a 100% record, visit Dalymount Park this evening to take on a Bohemians side on a mini-slump following an impressive start to their campaign.

The Gypsies go into the game off the back of two straight defeats, whilst John Caulfield's men are the league's trailblazers with maximum points from the opening eight games.

The two sides couldn't be more distinct going into the game.

Injuries have left Bohs without a recognised goalscorer, with make-shift striker, Kaleem Simon, taking the reins from the absent Dinny Corcoran and Ishmahil Akinade.

In contrast, Cork boast the league's best goal return, and last season's top goalscorer, March Player of the Month, Séan Maguire, who has started from where he left off last season with eight goals from the same amount of games.

But Bohemians are determined to upset the form book tonight.

Gypsies manager Keith Long said: "We're playing a team with eight wins from eight games and six points clear at the top - nobody will give us a chance. But we've seen shocks around the league most Friday nights so we will go out in the belief that can be us.

"We've had great home support who have been behind us all the way so far and we know they will back us again."

The Gypsies have four points from their four games at Dalymount Park this season and Long added: "Our home form has been patchy and that's something we're looking to rectify."

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