Derry City v UCD – Fri 12th July – KO 7.45pm – Brandywell
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The Candystripes welcome UCD to the Brandywell on Friday night (7.45) as Declan Devine aims to build on a decent start to the second half of the season for his charges.
A thumping win in Cork was followed by draws against Bohemians and Dundalk, however the Derry boss remains wary of the threat posed by the Belfield outfit.
“It’s another big game for us and another step in the building process at the club.”
“We have prepared hard as always because we can’t get ahead of ourselves.”
“We aren’t yet in the habit of winning trophies so hard work very much remains the key here.”
“UCD will be up for the game, make no mistake about that. Collie (O’Neill) has done an amazing job in developing players and I think he had four in Stephen Kenny’s last under-21 squad.”
“Obviously they have lost several very good players, including to ourselves, but they will be very dangerous on Friday night and will be given maximum respect.”
One such player, Conor Davis, looks likely to play a part against his former club this weekend, although Devine was upbeat about his options for the game.
“We have Darren Cole back, which is a real boost, and Conor Davis will also be in the squad. Patrick McClean and Michael McCrudden remain sidelined and Eoin Toal is suspended but apart from that we’re in good shape.”
Derry were convincing winners when these sides met on the opening night of the season and Devine would readily settle for the three points on offer as he bids to secure a European spot.
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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