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In their last three meetings, Cork City and Shamrock Rovers have played out stalemates and Dunne is expecting more of the same at Turner's Cross

Cork City manager Tommy Dunne is anticipating a "very close" game when his side takes on Shamrock Rovers at Turner's Cross on Sunday, June 9.

The Leesiders have met the Hoops on three occasions this season, with each game finishing as a draw, and Dunne does not believe that it will be much different when the sides meet in the Airtricity Premier Division this evening.

"It's a really good match between two teams who will look to play plenty of football," he told the club's official website. "Both teams have been very close on the last three occasions that we have met, and I do not think it will be hugely different this time around.

"We are aware that it will be a tough match, but we are looking to get the three points," added Dunne

Cork  City goalkeeper Mark McNulty and injured striker Denis Behan will both miss the clash through suspension and Dunne must contend with a number of injury concerns. Club captain Kevin Murray is sidelined with a groin strain, while striker Danny Morrissey is a doubt for the game. Colin Healy, Neal Horgan and Shane Duggan are also struggling to regain fitness ahead of the clash.

Shamrock Rovers, meanwhile, will be without suspended midfielder Stephen Rice and must also contend with the absence of striker Mark Quigley, who is nursing a hamstring injury. However Pat Sullivan is expected to be available for the game, while David Elebert will undergo a late fitness test.

Since losing 2-0 to UCD on April 26, Shamrock Rovers are unbeaten in five league games and Hoops' boss Trevor Croly is keen to build on that form.

"Cork is always a tough place to go, and we'll be well aware of that for the game on Sunday," Croly told the club's official website. "But we've had good results in the last couple of games, and we'll be looking to build on that."

He continued: "In terms of performance, I feel the lads have been on a good run of late, and we'll feel capable of going to Cork and getting a result."

Cork City host Shamrock Rovers at Turner's Cross on Sunday, June 9. Kick off 15:30 BST.

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