Derry City will return to action on Monday evening as they travel to Louth to take on Drogheda United in their Setanta Sports Cup Quarter Final second leg clash. Having drawn 1-1 at home last week, the Candystripes will go into the game needing to score in order to stand any chance of making the semi finals of the competition. This game comes quickly off the back of a disappointing one nil loss to league Champions Sligo Rovers on the opening night of the season last Friday evening.
Speaking ahead of the clash, city boss Declan Devine said, “It goes without saying we were all very disappointed with Friday night’s result, but we must take the positives from the performance. We restricted the League Champions to very few chances during the 90 minutes and created a number of our own that on another day we would have put away. We have had a good training session this morning and have put Friday’s result behind us as we look forward to tomorrow night’s game against a very strong Drogheda side. We know that we must travel to Drogheda and get a least one goal to stay in the competition. Both sides are more than capable of scoring and if we get on the front foot early we will be more than capable of getting a positive result.”
Stewart Greacen has also spoken about the knee injury that will see him sidelined for a number of weeks, “It goes without saying that I’m absolutely gutted with the injury. After a good pre-season I was really looking forward to starting this year’s campaign. I was just a innocuous thing that happened, I was just playing the ball up the line and felt it twist, and after playing on for ten minutes or so it got gradually worse so I had to be taken off. I had an initial scan to see how bad the injury is and I now have to see a surgeon in Glasgow on Wednesday to arrange a time to have the knee repaired. Unfortunately this will mean that I could be out of action for two months from the time of the surgery.”
Derry will be without the services of Stewart Graecen (knee) Sean Houston (knee) and Paddy Kavanagh (hamstring) are on the injury list.