28 October, 2011

"My team will bust a gut," - says Shelbourne (and former Cork City FC) boss Alan Matthews:

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"My players will do everything they can to be in my team for next week's Cup Final," - former City manager Matthews shows that Cork face a major challenge tomorrow night 

             On one of the most important days in Cork City FC's recent history;  tomorrow we will come face-to-face with a familiar name.   Alan Matthews managed the club in 2008 and the current Shels boss has promised that his side will give their all against the Rebel Army, eventhough his current employers have already secured promotion.    
            The Dublin native is in the horns of a dilemma as he says he wants his side to go up, but he'd also like to see the Rebel Army back in the top flight.  The mathematics are quite simple.  If City win;  City are champions and Shels are promoted in second place.  If it's a draw;  Shels are promoted as champions;  City promoted in second place.  If Shels win;  Shels are champions and City will enter a play-off next week IF Monaghan beat Athlone Town.

Alan Matthews during his Cork City FC tenureship
"We will have bigger crowds, better quality opposition coming to Tolka Park every second week and we will get far more exposure from the media," - Shelbourne boss Alan Matthews on being promoted to the Airtricity League Premier Division

             Having secured promotion following the Tolka Reds 4-0 win over Finn Harps on Tuesday night;  Matthews knows that a draw will secure the First Division Title and silverware at Tolka Park after five years in the doldrums.  The fact that Shels face an FAI Cup Final against the holders Sligo Rovers at the AVIVA Stadium next weekend mean all the portents are there for a cracking game of football tomorrow night. 
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