Bumper attendance expected for Sligo clash

Derry's Patrick Kavanagh is hunted down by Dundalk's Richie Towell and Dane Massey
Derry's Patrick Kavanagh is hunted down by Dundalk's Richie Towell and Dane Massey

BRANDYWELL Stadium is expected to enjoy another bumper attendance when reigning champions, Sligo Rovers, visit the Lone Moor Road venue this Friday night.

And following Derry City’s impressive 1-0 victory over Limerick at Thomond Park last Sunday night, it would appear that the “Candy Stripes” are now ready for the challenge having put their 2013 Europa League fixtures behind them.

Fielding what was a unlikely line-up in Limerick, team boss, Declan Devine, struggled to fill the substitutes’ bench with fit players.

And with both centre-back, Shane McEleney and striker, Mark Griffin, suspended for the trip to Shannon-side, Devine was clearly strugging.

Captain and normal midfield playmaker, Kevin Deery, lined out at centre-half with the news that Stewart Greacen had failed to pass a pre-match fitness test prior to the kick-off.

With David McDaid having been forced to play two matches over the space of four days due to the injured Rory Patterson, it was hoped to rest the player with Michael Rafter joined by teenager, Michael Duffy, in attack and the North-West College student celebrated his 19th birthday with a prominent performance.

“We had to put a few square plugs into round holes,” laughed Devine after the game.

“Hopefully we will have a few bodies back for our league clash with Sligo on Friday night where a win would strengthen our title credentials,” he concluded.