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Saturday 18 November 2017

Mathews impressed by Haka

CORK CITY boss Alan Mathews has completed his spying mission to Finland ahead of their UEFA Cup campaign, but he has now set aside thoughts of Europe and will focus on getting into the league title race.

Mathews, who saw Cork come from behind and earn a 3-2 win over Galway United on Friday night, spent the weekend in Finland checking out FC Haka, who play Cork at Turner's Cross in the first leg of their UEFA Cup tie on Thursday week, and he came away impressed as Haka beat FC Lahti 2-1 on Sunday.

"They are a good side, with a lot of big, athletic players and they had a good win in the game I saw," says Mathews.

"It was important for me to go out there and see them first hand, and also to check out the hotel and training facilities for our game out there at the end of the month.

"But I will put that aside for the time being as we have a big league game against Finn Harps on Friday night and that will be my focus for the next few days.

"We will keep an eye on Haka, we will try to get more information on them and get hold of some DVDs, they have another game at the weekend and I will get someone to watch that for me, but right now I will put my mind on Harps at the weekend," added the Cork boss.

Mathews travelled back to Cork from Finland via London yesterday but was back in the dugout for last night's Munster Senior Cup final clash with Cobh Ramblers, where City won 1-0 thanks to an early goal from Denis Behan. Former Shels and Cork star Greg O'Halloran made his debut for Cobh following his switch from Galway United.

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