Cork City - Crusaders preview: Setanta Sports Cup holders begin defence

Holders Crusaders travel to Turners Cross as they begin their defence of the Setanta Sports Cup in the first leg of the quarter final of the competition
By Ryan Kelly

Holders Crusaders make their way to Turners Cross to take on Tommy Dunne's Cork City in the first leg of the quarter final of the 2013 Setanta Sports Cup.

Crusaders enter the tie with six players serving suspensions, including captain Colin Coates, Timmy Adamson, Davis Rainey, Chris Morrow, Stephen McBride and Declan Caddell.

Cork City, meanwhile, will have to do without the services of former Republic of Ireland under-21 international John Dunleavy, who is out of contention due to illness, while Kalen Spillane will serve a suspension.

Speaking ahead of the tie, Rebel Army boss Tommy Dunne warned that Stephen Baxter's side would present 'tough opposition'.

"Crusaders are in second place in the Irish League and they will be tough opposition. They are the holders of the competition and they are going very well again this season," Dunne told the club's official website.

"I remember facing them on a number of occasions throughout my playing career, and they are a club with history and a good tradition."

"They will be a tough, strong team, and they will have no fear at all coming down here. I would imagine they will be favourites over the two legs, considering they are the holders and the fact that they have the majority of their season behind them, so we know we are in for a good test.

"We are representing our league, as well as our city and our club, and I think it will be a game worth watching."

Cork City will host Crusaders in the first leg of the Setanta Sports Cup quarter final at Turners Cross on Tuesday, February 26. Kick off 19.45 BST.