Derry City vs Dundalk – Fri 23rd Aug – KO 7.45pm – Brandywell
Extra.ie FAI Cup Second Round
Match Sponsor: McCambridge Duffy
Derry City will be “working off the same panel” on Friday night as champions Dundalk arrive at the Brandywell for the clubs’ second round tie in this season’s Extra.ie FAI cup (KO 7.45).
Declan Devine confirmed that in-form striker David Parkhouse would miss the game through suspension, while Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe remained doubtful through injury.
“We’ll look again on Friday morning, but there’s no point taking any chances unless he’s 100%. I’d rather give Junior whatever time he needs and have him for our vital run-in programme. Other than that we’re fit and rarin’ to go.
“We came into this job looking to be competitive in the big games and they don’t come any bigger than Dundalk at Brandywell in the cup.”
“They’re a superb side; arguably the best in the history of this league, but what I really like about them is their humility. It doesn’t matter how successful they are or what trophies they win- they just get ready to go again. That’s the mark of true champions.”
“That said, while we will give them the respect they deserve, we have to concentrate on getting through the tie and into the next round.”
“The players have worked really hard throughout the season and we have plenty to play for heading into the last couple of months. We’d love to go deep in this competition and that is absolutely our aim heading into Friday night.”
“In all honesty we’re really looking forward to the game. It’s eleven v eleven and although Dundalk are obviously red-hot favourites, we’ll have a huge crowd behind us. Hopefully it will be another memorable night at Brandywell. ”
From 7pm on match night, tickets will be on sale from Long Tower Youth Club which can be accessed from the stadium car park.
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