Doherty Delighted on return to “The Valleys”

Derry City's Gerard Doherty.
Derry City's Gerard Doherty.

DERRY City goalkeeper, Gerard Doherty, greeted his club’s Europa League draw with Aberystwyth Town with delight, given his six year involvement in Welsh football from 2001 to 2007.

However, the Creggan man opted to err on the side of caution, when it was suggested that the “Candy Stripes” would be considered warm favourites to win the match.

“It’s a great draw for both teams,” declared Doherty. “The thought of having to travel for five or six hours to the back end of nowhere is gone, so from that point of view I’m absoutely delighted.

“And having played in the Welsh League for six years with TNS, I’m also delighted to be going back. While at TNS ‘Aber’ were always considered our bogey team, they were tough to play against, particularly at home so I would expect a tough game,” added the goalkeeper.

“I’ve kept in touch with a few players at TNS and I’ve been told the Welsh League continues to improve, so I would expect Aberystwyth Town to be up for the challenge.”

Was it a winable tie for his home town club?

“I think every game in the first qualifying round in the Europa League must be considered winable. That’s the way we have to think and with the travelling not presenting us with any problems, then I think that will prove to be a great boost for us.

“Hopefully, our support will come out on Thursday week at the Brandywell, as we’re at home first and it’s vitally important that we lay a marker down in that game. It’s a match we must win before focusing on the trip to Wales.”