Derry City v Shamrock Rovers – Fri 16th August – KO 7.45pm – Brandywell
SSE Airtricity League
Match Sponsor: City Contract Cleaners
Declan Devine has called on Derry City fans to raise the volume inside the Brandywell stadium on Friday night as his side bids to keep pace in the race for a European place against Shamrock Rovers (KO 7.45).
The Candystripes’ boss insists that the home crowd has a “significant part to play” as City go into a key part of their season.
“We’re pretty much looking at ten cup finals between now and the end of the season, and if we can replicate the atmosphere that we had here in the early games, then who knows what is possible” said Devine.
“This is a really tough match for us. Rovers have been building their team for a few years now and you can see how that experience is proving invaluable for them.”
“They were very good in their European games; they play on the front foot and have really good options going forward.”
“Despite that, I believe there has been very little between us in our meetings so far this season. Both teams like to get the ball down and play so this has the makings of a decent game for the fans.”
The home side have no major injury concerns ahead of the match although the City manager said they would make a decision on Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe nearer to kick off.
“Junior has been excellent for us this season but has been struggling to shake off a knock. We gave him some time off and told him to go back to London for a few days and now he’s eager to get going again.”
“I am more than happy with the options we have available so there’s no need to risk anyone if they need a bit more time.”
“These are the games everyone wants to play in and we’re looking forward to it. This is a chance for us to gauge where we’re at right now as we aim to compete with the likes of Rovers and Dundalk on a regular basis.”
“We just hope that our fans can get right behind us on Friday night and get the Brandywell rocking again. I know that would give the players a huge lift.”
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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