CCFC V Longford Town
In their last two games, Town took the lead against Shelbourne last time out
before succumbing to a late double strike and losing out 2-1 by final whistle,
and also claimed a draw with Derry City. Dunne has only minor injuries concerns
ahead of the game with both Greg OHalloran (ankle) and Davin ONeill
(groin) expected to be fit. Neal Horgan, however, will miss out because
of his commitments with St. Finbarrs GAA Club in the coming weeks.
CCFC's Graham Cummins in action against Longford Town during their last encounter
We need to win the game, simple as that, Dunne told corkcityfc.net. We need to be beating Longford Town, no disrespect to them, at home if we have any aspirations of getting into that play-off spot and we pretty much need to win every game between now and the end of the season as well.
They played well against Shels and only got done by two late goals. Theyve also drawn with Derry and I watched them against Limerick recently and for the first 20 or 25 minutes, they were the better team. They have proven they can be strong so we have a tough match ahead of us. We need to be well focused. Hopefully, we can play like we have done in recent matches and take our chances when they come, which is hugely important.
City go into the fixture after a very promising 3-1 win in Limerick, which has left the club five points off a play-off spot. Dunne was happy with the overall performance but believes his players must take more of the opportunities that are coming their way.
The results are the most important thing at this time of the season but you need to perform to get those results as well. Its nice to perform well, play football and play the way we want the team to play. When we do that we create chances and more often than not, weve won the match.
Limerick were well up for the game last weekend but our first-half
performance was very good. I thought we were comfortable against them at
the back and we looked like we might score every time we attacked, so that was
the really pleasing aspect. We had a great chance to make it four just after
half-time, which would have made things more comfortable, so its important
that we become more ruthless when were finishing off teams.
Dunne is also continuing to put various pieces of the jigsaw in place for next
season and was delighted to be able to announce that midfielder Gearóid
Morrissey has signed a new contract.
What people have to realise is that Gearóids only 18 years of age. I think hes come back to Ireland to get his fitness up to the level that is required but hes an excellent player for us to have coming into this stage of the season. Between himself, Cillian Lordan, Shane Duggan and George OCallaghan, we have good options in the centre of midfield now and that competition is what we need.
Its important that we tie down the players we want to keep at the club in the next few weeks and look further afield to the type of players we would like to bring in. Too many changes have cost us this year, its only now were really settling so I dont want to bring in too many people again. I will probably be looking to bring in three or four bodies all the same.
Injury News: Stephen Mulcahy (groin), Cathal Lordan (knee), Greg OHalloran (ankle), Davin ONeill (groin), Neal Horgan
Last Game: Limerick 1-3 Cork City
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