Derry City v Sligo Rovers – Fri 29th March – KO 7.45pm – Brandywell
SSE Airtricity League
Match Sponsor: Moore Stephens
Tiresome Period Lies Ahead
Amid the commencement of a hectic schedule Derry City will renew hostilities with Sligo Rovers in what will be the first of 17 games in just eight weeks for the Candystripes.
Derry sit 5th in the division ahead of Sligo in 8th but just one point separates the north-west rivals heading into Friday night’s game.
However, despite the gargantuan number of matches in such a short spell City boss Declan Devine is relishing the prospect of getting out on the pitch:
“This is exactly what we want. The game is the biggest teacher for all of us, we will know more about ourselves after the game on Friday night and we will know even more about ourselves following the game on Tuesday night.”
Liam Buckley took over the reins at Sligo Rovers this year following seven seasons with St. Patrick’s Athletic and the Dubliner has achieved reasonable results away from home to start the season.
The Bit O’Red went to Oriel Park at the start of the season and earned a priceless point at the home of the champions before travelling to Ballybofey and dismissing Finn Harps 1-2.
Jamaican striker Romeo Parkes was on the scoresheet at Finn Park and the former Pittsburgh Riverhounds player could prove a handful against City’s rearguard this Friday.
Accepting the Challenge
As the games come thick and fast Devine is remaining positive and has belief in his team:
“We will embrace it, we will enjoy it and we will have to use our full squad. It’s going to be a very difficult eight weeks but it is something we’re looking forward to.”
Derry came up short against the dazzling Dundalk last time out on home soil but the manager can’t fault the fans and has reinforced their significance:
“Like I’ve said before the supporters are every bit as important as the players. The atmosphere at the Brandywell has been second to none, it’s like stepping back in time and we want that to continue.”
Michael McCrudden is out, meanwhile Patrick McClean is struggling for fitness.
Peter Cherrie will need to be assessed whereas everyone has returned from international duty fit and raring to go.
On match day from 7pm, tickets will be on sale from Long Tower Youth Club which can be accessed from the stadium car park.
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