Derry City manager Declan Devine praised the young players in the team which beat Shelbourne 2-0 at Tolka Park on Friday evening.
Speaking to the ‘Sunday Journal’ yesterday afternoon, Devine said that despite his frustration with the F.A.I. over his team’s fixtures he was proud of his players and added they deserved all the credit.
“I was over the moon with how the young boys performed on Friday,” said Devine.
“Every player, bar four, that were in the squad for Friday’s game was under the age of 24 - I just think that’s amazing and it’s indicative of where this club is at.
“The players are giving myself and Paul [Hegarty - assistant manager] 100 per cent at every training session and I think that it’s showing.”
Friday’s win over Shelbourne was not only Derry’s fourth game without a defeat in all competitions but it was also their fourth consecutive cleansheet.
“The place to start your defence is in the attacking line and we have been doing just that.
“I am delighted with another three points but I am also happy that we kept another clean sheet.”
Goals from David McDaid and Stephen McLaughlin ensured the Foylesiders travelled back up the M1 with all three points intact.
“I spoke to David earlier in the season and told him what I wanted from him and credit to him he has delivered - his goal against Shelbourne was a great finish and a great team goal. I was also delighted to see Stephen McLaughlin get on the score sheet too.”
Derry City take on St. Patrick’s Athletic at the Brandywell tomorrow (Monday).
Defender Stewart Greacen returns after suspension whilst David McDaid is suspended and Stephen McLaughlin is doubtful.