Derry City’s opening game is a sell-out

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels.
Derry City manager Kenny Shiels.

Derry City’s opening foray into the 2016-17 FAI Premier League tonight has already sold-out the ‘Journal’ understands.

The ‘Candystripes’ were originally allotted 800 tickets for tonight’s North West derby game at Finn Park in Ballybofey, but because of the high demand another 250 tickets were given to Derry, and they have also sold out.

City and Harps have conducted a fierce rivalry down the decades since Derry returned to senior football back in 1985. That sense of competitiveness is already set to continue tonight when two brothers line up against each other on the opposing teams.

As Derry City midfielder, Barry McNamee (24), takes up his position in the middle of the park prior to kick-off, a few short yards away Tony (22) will be decked out in the blue strip of Harps, likely tasked with the job of man-marking his elder brother in a potentially intriguing 
midfield battle.

Tonight will also see new City manager Kenny Shiels take his first steps into a competitive league tie with Derry.

Kick-off tonight is 8pm.