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The Leesiders play host to the second Munster Derby of the season and manager Tommy Dunne was full of praise for his rivals

Cork City manager Tommy Dunne has praised Limerick boss Stuart Taylor ahead of the Airtricity Premier Division clash between the sides at Turners Cross on Monday, April 6.

Munster rivals Limerick and Cork met in the opening game of the season at Thomond Park, which ended as a 0-0 draw.

The Leesiders are currently eighth in the table after losing 2-0 at home to St Patrick's Athletic on Friday, April 3. They sit a point behind sixth-placed Limerick, and the Cork City boss believes that having the Blues in the league is "a good thing".

"I think Limerick are as good as any team in this league," Dunne told the club's official website.

"(Limerick manager) Stuart [Taylor] and his team have done an extremely good job and I think he deserves credit, both for the way they have started the season and also how they have approached the game."

He added: "Having two teams in Munster who want to be strong and want to be at their best is a good thing, and this is a good, proper Munster Derby that we are really looking forward to."

Cork will be without the services of club captain Kevin Murray and Brian Lenihan, but Tommy Dunne otherwise has a full panel to choose from.

Cork City host Limerick in the Airtricity Premier Division at Turners Cross. Kick off 15:30 BST.