Derry City v Cork City: McNamee, McGovern added to squad

Derry City's Barry McNamee
Derry City's Barry McNamee
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DERRY City appear to be holding a very strong hand as John Caulfield leads Cork City to the Brandywell this Sunday afternoon with Roddy Collins facing a selection dilemma. (Kick-Off: 3.15 p.m.)

And it’s a match the Dubliner is particularly keen to win following last weekend’s close call in Tallaght Stadium which saw Shamrock Rovers spoil the celebrations with a 94th minute equaliser.

The Derry boss, however, didn’t see it that way and opted to take the point, suggesting the 1-1 result was a fair one.

However, he is keen to build on the momentum generated in Dublin last week and with a full hand available, one can expect a change or two.

Predictably, Collins opted to play his cards close to his chest but given that Sunday’s game is his competitive home debut, don’t rule out a few surprises.

“We’re at full strength with both Barry McNamee and Jon-Paul McGovern added to the squad,” he confirmed.

“That means we have the necessary players to make changes both in terms of personnel and, indeed, players who can change the shape of the team if that’s what’s required.

“We are strong, very strong and I think we can accommodate another physical battle or a fluent football match, whichever is necessary,” smiled Collins.

“Obviously, it’s a game we dearly want to win as we will be playing at home in front of our own supporters. But you can’t pick a team just to appease local fans.

“Last week we were at Rovers having travelled with a strict game-plan which was not to concede a goal. but we failed to achieve that yet left with a point after a committed display.

“Now it’s Cork City at home and I really can’t see us putting 40 passes together before placing the ball in the top corner, it just doesn’t happen like that,”

In fact, Collins was disappointed with the quality of the Brandywell surface, suggesting that it was down to inclement weather conditions.