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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Cork wait goes on in storm delay

Cork boss John Caulfield. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork boss John Caulfield. Photo: Sportsfile

Cork City's wait for a league has been extended yet again as supporters now have to hang on for at least another 24 hours before they can see their side crowned champions.

A 0-0 draw away to Bohemians on Friday, and a win for second-placed Dundalk at home to Bray Wanderers, means the title race is not yet done, Cork still needing one point from their final three games to be sure of their first title since 2005.

They had hoped that tonight would see the deal done, as a draw at home to Derry City from this evening's (planned) home game with Derry City would have pushed them over the line, and with two games to spare.

But due to the weather warnings attached to Hurricane Ophelia, the Derry match has been postponed until tomorrow.

Yesterday afternoon, Derry boss Kenny Shiels had appealed for the game to be delayed for a day and a few hours later, he got his wish as the FAI confirmed that the fixture now goes ahead tomorrow evening.

Bohemians frustrated Cork in Dublin on Friday night and boss John Caulfield knows that teams are keen to place blockages in their way, as the Gypsies did on Friday and as Derry City intend to do tomorrow,

"We know how big the game is, we are at home and we know the challenge Derry will put up to us, because they have nothing to lose," says the City boss.

"They can throw caution to the wind and attack, and they are a very dangerous team. They have qualified for Europe, so there is no pressure on them.

"From our point of view, we are the home side with another big crowd behind us and we know that a result will win us the league," he added.

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