Defensive headache for Derry City ahead of Bray visit

Derry City defender, Ryan McBride will sit out tomorrow night's match against Bray through suspension.
Derry City defender, Ryan McBride will sit out tomorrow night's match against Bray through suspension.
  • Victory for Derry City tomorrow night will lift the Candy Stripes into sixth spot
  • Ryan McBride and Aaron Barry both sit out the game through suspension
  • The Derry defence have kept two clean sheets in their last two matches

DERRY CITY caretaker boss, Paul Hegarty must plan without the services of his skipper, Ryan McBride and his central defensive partner, Aaron Barry for tomorrow night’s relegation ‘six pointer’ against Bray Wanderers at Brandywell. (Kick-off 7.45 p.m.)

McBride’s suspension is particularly hard to take for Hegarty given it was that controversial yellow card in the 1-1 draw against Cork City at Turner’s Cross in their last outing which has ruled him out of the penultimate home game of the 2015 campaign.

“It’s a bit hard to take that he got his eighth yellow card for that particular tackle,” said the Derry boss. “But that’s why you have a squad and the players who will come in, I’ve 100 per cent confidence they will do a job for us on the night.”

Hegarty admits the visit of the Co. Wicklow men is a huge game and claims his side have a ‘massive incentive’ to secure a victory which would leapfrog Bray into sixth spot and significantly easy any relegation concerns.

“We’ve stressed the importance of this match to the players this week in training and the boys have taken everything on board,” added the Co. Donegal man.

“There wasn’t much in Bray’s FAI cup match against Cork. Bray had a couple of chances and probably deserved a replay out of it so they will prove difficult to break down.

If we beat Bray on Friday night we go above them and that’s a massive incentive. We’re looking at that sixth spot.

Paul Hegarty

“But if we beat them on Friday night we go above them and that’s a massive incentive. We’re looking at that sixth spot and if we win on Friday night we go into sixth so that’s the aim.”