Tommy Dunne's side finished sixth last season and, after strengthening during the off-season, the Rebel Army will be aiming for a top three finish in pursuit of European football
| CORK CITY
By Andrew Horgan
Cork City couldn't be going into their tough opening Airtricity Premier Division fixture away to Munster rivals Limerick City in better form.
The Leesiders faced some tricky opponents ahead of the new season and manager Tommy Dunne will be satisfied that his side have come through unscathed and undefeated.
Convincing wins against Irish Premiership sides Crusaders and Cliftonville saw them progress to the semi-final of the Setanta Sports Cup - giving the Turners Cross faithful plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
City will be looking to build on last season's commendable sixth-place finish, with many of the current squad setting their sights on a top-three spot in attempt to secure European football. In the off-season, Tommy Dunne re-signed key players like Colin Healy, Dan Murray, Danny Murphy and Ian Turner on new contracts.
And after parting company with striker Davin O'Neill, Cork City will need their new strikers Denis Behan and Daryl Kavanagh to strike up an instant rapport if they are to achieve their aims for the new season.