Derry City v Bohemians – Fri 30th Aug – KO 7.45pm – Brandywell
SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
Bohemians will travel to the Brandywell this week to face Derry City knowing that they’ll have to repeat the trip in the coming weeks for an FAI Cup quarter-final fixture.
The first of the two meetings will take place on Friday night in the league but a date is yet to be set for the cup fixture due to international call-ups from the City squad.
Both sides advanced to the quarter-finals last week when Keith Long’s Bohemians’ ran out easy 2-0 winners against Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park and Ger Doherty’s dramatic penalty stop in injury time sent the Candystripes’ through and the Brandywell into a frenzy.
Derry’s league form has ebbed and flowed in recent weeks, however they have never lost to Boh’s under current manager Kenny Shiels. A run that stretches back to October 2015.
“We’ve won 10 out of 10 during my time but that’s only a statistic,” Shiels stated,
“We know the quality they have, they’re a very dangerous team and we want to make sure we are ready for them.”
The Gypsies are in red hot form winning their last four including a shock Dublin derby win against Shamrock Rovers in their last league outing. They have scored 15 times during their winning run as well as keeping four clean sheets.
“They’re the form team in the league. It’s a difficult proposition for us. We will do everything we can to win the game and we need to play the way we know we can play.”
The Candystripes have won all three league meetings this season including a 3-1 win last time Boh’s were on Foyleside back in April.
Midfielder Rory Hale spoke on the club’s official SoundCloud account this week (Derry City FC SoundCloud page) and hopes that the team’s winning run against Boh’s can continue:
“We’re going through a sticky patch, but we’re in search of getting 2 or 3 wins under our belt to get the confidence back in the league.”
Meanwhile, Kenny has clarified that just Conor McDermott and Nicky Low will be missing tomorrow night’s game through injury and with no suspensions his side “are raring to go”.
Match preview by Niall Keenan / @98NiallKeenan98
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