Derry City v St Patrick’s Athletic
On the the concluding night of the 2017 SSE Airtricity Premier Division season, City host St Pats at Maginn Park. Both sides will have eyes on results elsewhere. If City can better Shamrock Rovers result then they will finish third, whilst the Saints need to take something from the game in order to avoid the drop.
The game will also serves as City’s last to flight game in Maginn Park before the return to the Brandywell for the 2018 season. It has been an emotional year at the Buncrana venue with the highs of wins over Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers but also the year has been overshadowed by the passing of Ryan McBride. City fans have travelled in numbers to the venue, and it has also given locals the opportunity to watch top flight football in the town.
City will be missing Nathan Boyle with the long standing groin problem that has plagued his season, and Nicky Low is also struggling to make the game. With the Scottish midfielder’s loan ending after the game tonight, last week’s defeat in Sligo may have marked his last appearance in a City shirt. With Low’s absence, Harry Monaghan may continue his run in the centre of midfield, partnering with McNamee and McEneff.
“We deserve to be third, in my opinion but I am sure that Shamrock Rovers are thinking that they should be third. We will be going out to play as well as we can”
“If we can give 100% we will see where that takes us.”
The manager rejected all notions that having secured European football, his players had switched off
“We want to beat St Pat’s obviously, because that why we are in the bussines of playing football”
St Pats sit on 38 points and just need a point from the game to secure their place in the top flight for another season. They came from behind to beat Cork 4-2 last week and travel to the Brandywell having already taken four points from six against the Candystripes this season. Back in July they came from behind in Inchicore to win 2-1, whilst the same fixture in Maginn in the first series of games ended in a 2-2 draw.