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City hope to top off week with Bray win

Wednesday, 25th July, 2018 4:57pm

Michael Olney

Ahead of their next league encounter versus crisis club Bray Wanderers on Friday, Cork City were this week drawn to play either Celtic or Rosenborg in their next European tie.

Drawing Scottish champions Celtic and bringing Brendan Rodger’s team to Turner’s Cross for a Europa League Third Qualifying Round tie would be the dream tie for many, but that is the less likely outcome.

Cork City were drawn to play the loser of the loser of the Champions League Second Qualifying Round tie between Celtic and Rosenborg BK. The round three qualifying fixtures are scheduled to take place on Thursday 9 August and Thursday 16 August with the home leg taking place on the first date, but that may change.

Rosenborg are no stranger to Irish teams in Europe as they knocked Dundalk out of the Champions League Qualifiers last year.

City celebrated the European draw by beating Derry City FC 5-0 on Monday night with a total performance. The resounding win means that City are back to within a point of Dundalk at the top of the Airtricity Premier Division.

After losing in the Champions League qualifiers to Legia Warsaw last week, City responded with a great win against fellow European qualifiers Derry, who were away in Belarus last Thursday, where they beat Dinamo Minsk.

Goals from Garry Buckley and Jimmy Keohane in the first half put City in a strong position at the break. Further goals from Buckley, recent re-signing Damien Delaney and new signing Ronan Coughlan ensured City face Bray Wanderers in the league on Friday in good heart.

This week Cork City FC signed 22 year old midfielder Shane Daly-Bütz, who signed his first professional contract with the club. Previously a part of City’s under 19s, he re-joined the club after playing for three years with UCC. He impressed during recent friendlies against Portsmouth and Burnley.

Cork City face Bray Wanderers on Friday 27 July at the Carlisle Grounds at 7.45pm.

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