Derry City v Shamrock Rovers – Fri 19th April – KO 7.45pm – Brandywell
SSE Airtricity League
Match Sponsor: FAST Technologies
The ‘House Full’ signs are likely to be up at the Brandywell tomorrow night ahead of the eagerly anticipated clash between the top two sides in the table- Shamrock Rovers and Derry City (KO 7.45).
Stephen Bradley brings his high-flying Hoops to Foyleside with a more than handy 8-point lead over Derry and Bohs but the hosts have been in excellent form themselves in recent weeks.
Five wins on the bounce sends Declan Devine’s side into the game with confidence high and Assistant Manager Kevin Deery says the hosts are raring to go.
“We’ve had to adapt to different situations in the past few weeks but the boys have been well up to it. The pitch wasn’t great at either Finn Harps or UCD but they ground it out. We were able to play more football at St Pat’s on Monday and I thought we were outstanding there; particularly in the first half.”
“Shamrock Rovers are an excellent side but it’s great to be back at the Brandywell where we should have a great crowd behind us and a fantastic surface to play on.”
“We were beaten at Tallaght earlier in the season but there was very little in it.”
“This is an opportunity to show that the team is improving and we can compete with the top sides in the country.”
“The lads who came in for the St Pats game did really well and they’re keen to stay in the team. That will leave a selection headache ahead of kick-off, but that’s no bad problem to have.”
“We really can’t wait for the game.”
City were well beaten on their visit to Tallaght Stadium in the first series of games and will be hoping to settle the score on Friday night.
Players from either side will also be out to remind their former employers of their attributes. Ally Gilchrist has been one of the stand out performers for the Candystripes, whilst Aaron McEneff has been a central performer for the Hoops as they have established their early lead at the top of table.
Kevin Deery: “Jamie McDonagh is suspended for the match and it will probably come a bit too early for Aidy Delap. Other than that we’re fit and firing.”
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