Derry City chairman, Mr. Philip O’Doherty, has appealed to the club’s support to come out in force and back his club’s playing staff for this evening’s FAI Cup third round replay against Dublin juniors, Bluebell United.
Indeed, responding to the recent poor series of results at Brandywell Stadium, Mr. O’Doherty met with team manager, Declan Devine and vice-captain, Barry Molloy, to discuss the situation last weekend.
Mr. O’Doherty said that the club’s Board of Directors “shared the frustration and disappointment expressed by supporters, due to the poor performances” which had led to the series of poor results.
Confirming the weekend meetings, Mr. O’Doherty said: “I have spoken to both Declan (Devine) and Barry (Molloy) over the weekend to convey the Board’s and, indeed, our supporters’ concerns.
“I don’t accept that the booing of players will help to improve performances,” he added.
“I would appeal to our support to come out in force tonight for the FAI Cup replay and show their support by getting firmly behind the team and, in particular, the young players.
“I would also like to remind everyone that yet another young player made his senior debut at the Brandywell last Friday night when entering the fray as a substitute,” continued Mr. O’Doherty.
“Despite the poor result, it was refreshing to see another local lad, Dean Jarvis, make his debut for his home town club.
“On behalf of Derry City, I would extend congratulations to Dean and wish the player every success as he attempts to build a career wearing a Derry City shirt.”