The Presidents Cup between Cork City and Dundalk

The Presidents Cup Ahoy

The Presidents Cup, the official preamble to the League Of Ireland season, is less than a week away.

The game takes place at Turners Cross where Cork City will host the Champions in every respect, Dundalk. Traditionally (although this version of the cup is only a few years old) the game is played between the League champions and the FAI Cup champions. Last season Dundalk won both and Cork where runners up in both competitions.

City have fought hard against Dundalk taking the destination of the league title to the final day two seasons ago. They have found Dundalk a difficult nemesis to master and have failed to beat them now in their last ten attempts.

The Lillywhites have something of a hold over The Rebels and this game, on The Rebels’ home turf, is a chance for them to lay down a marker. They are due to meet again in the league in the middle of March in Oriel Park so if Cork are to break that sequence this represents their best opportunity.

There is no doubting that these have been the best two clubs over the last two seasons of the Airtricity Premier Division. If preseason results are anything to go by they look like being the standard bearers for the league once more.

The League Of Ireland preseason friendly results show that both sides remain unbeaten. Dundalk have won all six games so far scoring an impressive, and ominous, twenty goals. Cork City have won five and drawn one scoring an even more impressive, and encouraging, twenty-five goals. Both sides have kept four clean sheets.

It promises to be a good encounter with Dundalk unlikely to give up their status as champions. Having won two trophies in 2014 and four trophies in 2015 they must be setting their sights on five for 2016. As their nearest challengers Cork City must be all out to stop them.

Here we go, folks.

About the Author Vincent Mulligan

Vincent is the website manager and chief betting advisor for Irish Football Tips and Scottish Football Tips.

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