DERRY CITY: Nicky Low enjoys ‘crazy’ introduction to League of Ireland

DEBUT . . . Nicky Low of Derry City celebrates following his side's victory during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bohemians and Derry City at Dalymount Park.
DEBUT . . . Nicky Low of Derry City celebrates following his side's victory during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Bohemians and Derry City at Dalymount Park.
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DERRY CITY debutante, Nicky Low was delighted with his ‘crazy’ introduction to League of Ireland football at Dalymount and reckons the Candy Stripes have issued a real statement of intent following the demolition job on Bohs.

As far as debuts go it was an impressive one from the Scot, brought in to fill the void left by the departure of Conor McCormack.

At first glance the diminutive midfielder could well be mistaken for the Carlingford native who left Brandywell for Cork City in the close season.

His distribution from set-pieces was excellent during an action-packed clash and played a searching pass for Rory Patterson who was brought down for the penalty which got City off to a flyer early doors. He also showed he’s no pushover when it comes to a meaty challenge in the middle of the park.

“First and foremost I like to try and play but I don’t mind a tackle,” he smiled. “I’m known in Scotland to put myself about. We can’t obviously expect to play nice football all the time and we have to expect tackles to be flying in at times but it’s a man’s game and you just get on with it.”

Derry City boss, Kenny Shiels was keen on replacing like for like and he feels he’s done good business in the market with the addition of Low, on loan from Dundee until the summer.

It was a bit of a crazy game. I think it’s a great result coming here away from home to pick up three points - you can’t ask for much better.

Nicky Low

Low’s enjoyed his first taste of action in a Derry shirt and is hoping the result stands the team in good stead for the rest of the season.

“It was a bit crazy for a first game,” said the Scot. “It’s hard coming into a new league. Even when I played in Scotland managers say you don’t really know a league until six maybe seven weeks in when it’s proper football.

“It was a bit of a crazy game. I think it’s a great result coming here away from home to pick up three points - you can’t ask for much better. You want to make a bit of a statement early in the league. I’m sure when teams see the highlights they’ll see we’re a threat going forward. We can defend as well.

““I’ve settled in really well in pre-season and the lads and Kenny (Shiels) and Hugh (Harkin) have made me feel really welcome.”

He’s hoping to kick on and is looking forward to playing in front of the home fans against Limerick at Maginn Park on Friday night.

“I’m looking forward to playing at Maginn Park. It’s disappointing from a personal point of view that Brandywell is being done up. But this will be my first home game and I’m looking forward to putting in a good performance for the fans. Hopefully we can get another three points for the fans which will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.”