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City look to send Estonians packing

Thursday, 6th July, 2017 8:46am

A full Turner’s Cross is expected for the second leg of Cork City’s Europa League tie against Levadia Tallinn tonight.

City enjoy a 2-0 aggregate entering the game, after Garry Buckley and Steven Beattie were on target in Estonia last week and, by all accounts, the tie is City’s for the taking. 
Speaking ahead of Thursday’s home fixture, manager John Caulfied says he expects the Estonian side to be chasing a goal from the beginning.
“They know about us now, they may well change their formation. They need to come here and score and open the game up and we need to manage the game properly. If we could get a goal, it will tide us over. 
“It’s a tricky situation because people may think we’re in the next round – which we’re not – and we must make sure that we approach the game properly and give the game the respect it deserves but, more importantly, we’ve to make sure that we start the game very well and that’s the challenge that we’re looking for.”

Ticket sales for the clash have been strong in advance with a sell-out crowd at Turner’s Cross a high possibility. The City crowd, Caulfield says, is key to his team’s progress in both the Europa League and the League of Ireland. 
It’s also a chance to bid farewell to Preston-bound duo, Seanie Maguire and Kevin O’Connor, who will leave Cork at the end of July.
“It’s a European night. I keep saying the club was in the doldrums for a long long time; after FORAS saved the club and then going through the First Division and now we’re playing European football, it doesn’t come around that often. You only get a certain number of games per year – if you’re lucky – and the ticket sales look very strong. 
“We always say it, our supporters are our 12th person. It’s the last couple of games with Seanie Maguire and Kevin O’Connor and it’s important for the crowd to show their appreciation for those two lads,” says Caulfied.
Steven Beattie made his return to action after an injury layoff last week, while Alan Bennett looks set to be up for inclusion, also.
Caulfield confirms: “We’re assesing Alan Bennett, he’s back in training so we just have to monitor that. John Kavanagh has a reoccurrence of his hamstring (injury) in the last couple of weeks, so he may not be involved. Other than that, Beattie came through last week with a smashing goal.
“It’s just another tie. They’ll be looking for a goal to get back in to the game, silence the crowd and then it becomes a nervy match. We’re looking at it, if we can score, the tie is probably over. I think it’ll be an interesting match and do I expect them to be gung-ho? I wouldn’t think so. I think they might be a little conservative at the start as they settle in to their surroundings.”
Meanwhile, City announced the signing this week of Sligo Rovers’ Kieran Sadlier on an 18-month deal. The attacker joins the Leesiders, having been with Sligo since the start of the 2016 season; scoring 15 goals in 49 league appearances, including seven this term.Commenting on the news, Caulfield said: “Kieran has played in this league for the last two seasons and been a top performer for Sligo. He is a scorer of goals and a creator of goals, he can play in a number of positions and he gives us a lot of options in an attacking sense.”
“We feel that Kieran fits the bill in terms of the type of squad and the type of personnel we have here at the club, so we are delighted to have him.”
• Cork City play Levadia Tallinn on Thursday 6 July. Kick-off is at 7.45pm at Turner’s Cross.










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