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City face Dundalk in President's Cup

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:55pm

Cork City FC welcome Dundalk FC to Turner's Cross this Saturday, just one week ahead of their SSE Airtricity League opener away to St Pat's. There's a a trophy at stake too, as it's the season-opening President's Cup.

With preseason well underway, City have enjoyed wins over Limerick, St Mary's and Killarney, although they endured a 3-1 loss to Longford Town last weekend. Last night City faced Cobh Ramblers in the Munster Senior League and John Caulfield's charges find themselves in a decent position ahead of the 2019 league campaign.

City has seen a number of changes to personnel with the departures of Jimmy Keohane, Kieran Sadlier, Damien Delaney, Barry McNamee, Danny Kane, Steven Beattie and Johnny Dunleavy and the club has welcomed a number of players including Gary Boylan, James Tilley, Darragh Rainsford, Cian Bargary, Tadhg Ryan, Dáire O’Connor, Garry Comerford and Dan Casey.

Asked this week about the potential re-signing of Kevin O'Connor from Preston North End, who departed City in 2017, as well as Liam Nash from Gillingham FC, manager John Caulfied said: “They’ve been in the last week training. Is there a chance that they’ll be signed in the next week? Absolutely. Is there a chance they won’t? Yes. It’s very tricky at the moment.”

Caulfield also confirmed his backroom staff for the 2019 season this week, comprising of assistant manager John Cotter, first team coaches, Liam Kearney and Lisa Fallon, while he also welcomes Eddie Hickey as goalkeeping coach.

Ahead of Dundalk's Saturday evening visit, the club announced that it is extending its partnership with UCC and the Mardyke Arena in a deal that is to stretch a further three years to 2022. The partnership includes front and rear jersey sponsorship, player fitness, training and rehabilitation support and university scholarships and educational supports for Cork City FC men's players. In addition, the agreement now extends to academic scholarship support by UCC to the women’s team players.

“Sport is very much in the DNA of UCC,” said Prof Patrick O’Shea, President, UCC. “This partnership of sport, fitness and education has been a wonderful experience since we came together in 2016. Education combined with sport has huge potential for personal development and this partnership is a unique example of UCC’s continued expansion of its regional engagement.”

Paul Wycherley, Cork City’s General Manager said: “This partnership is we believe one of the best, if not the best, partnerships of any sporting club in Ireland, which we are very proud of.”

Cork City play Dundalk in the President's Cup on Saturday 9 February. Kick-off is at 5.30pm.

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