Derry City v Limerick, Brandywell, 7.45pm
Having been handed a heavy defeat at the hands of Shamrock Rovers on Friday, Derry City have the chance to hit back immediately, with the visit of Limerick to the Brandywell.
The game marks the return to the city of the senior football team, and will be an emotive occasion for all involved. The city’s mayor will be in attendance and members of the Farren family will be the special guests of the club. After a long gap away from the ground, there is huge anticipation/
Kenny Shiels continues to point to his long injury list, with Jamie McDonagh likely to join the list after being withdraw on Friday night. Shiels is missing a large number of his close season signings and must balance between continuity and making a statement as regards Friday’s performance. The manager spoke after the game of being too open and he may look to make changes to solidify his defence. Having kept only one clean sheet in the opening four games, it is clear that City make ensure defensive solidity if they are to move away from the foot of the table.
At the opposite end of the pitch, Ronan Hale got the off the mark with his opening goal on Friday and will push for a starting spot. He may be deployed wide, or through the centre, as the manager looks for his side to impress on their “home” debut.
The visitors have had a mixed start to the season, beating Bray and Sligo but also suffering a heavy defeat to Dundalk. Also a late change in manager, they have added the experienced Dennehy brothers and also added well known LOI names such as Daniel Kearns to their ranks.