Excitement is building as Derry City entertain Limerick tomorrow night (KO 7.45pm), in what will be their first competitive game a Maginn Park this season.
With both sides having big victories in the opening day of the 2017 campaign last week, a big crowd is expected at the Buncrana venue.
Derry secured an impressive 4-1 win at Bohemians, while the Super Blues had a thumping 5-1 victory over Sligo Rovers.
City boss Kenny Shiels is expecting a tough encounter against Martin Russell’s side.
“They had a player (Tommy Dobson) who played in the English Premier League last season, a striker from Brazil (Rodrigo Tosi) who is scoring goals for fun and a French defensive midfield player (Bastien Hery), who sits and accords the style of play.
“They have Shane Duggan and Lee-J Lynch, but I don’t want to talk too much about them but these are quality players and they have got the winning habit.”
The Candy Stripes will be without striker Rory Patterson and defender Ben Doherty, but Shiels confirmed that injury trio Aaron Barry, Harry Monaghan and Mikhail Kennedy are all on the road to recovery.
“Rory and Ben are out for three weeks, two massive blows for us; Aaron Barry is coming back, I don’t know how soon, Friday could be too early; Alon (Netzer) is getting sharper each week; Harry Monaghan is getting fitter and Mikhail, who was out with a hamstring problem, trained on Thursday, which was good.”