Mad about Madden

Michael Rafter (left) in action against Bohemians on Friday. Photo: Lorcan Doherty Photohgraphy
Michael Rafter (left) in action against Bohemians on Friday. Photo: Lorcan Doherty Photohgraphy

Derry City manager Declan Devine has heaped praise upon right-back Simon Madden after the 25 year-old was a major player in the Candy Stripes’ 2-1 win over Bohemians at the Brandywell on Friday night.

Madden provided the pass for team mates, Patrick McEleney and Michael Rafter both to score and his level of fitness throughout was outstanding.

“The goals that we are scoring this season are as good as goals that have been scored at this club for a long time,” said Devine after the game.

“We are scoring a variety of goals but one of the common denominators in terms of the goals that we are scoring is Simon Madden.

“In my time at this club, and I have seen a lot of good players, Simon Madden is right up there with the greats.

“In terms of full-backs in this country I think you’d be hard pushed to name someone better.

“We are very fortunate to have Simon and I hope we can keep him. To me, he’s just top, top notch.”

Friday’s game was Derry City’s first since the summer break finished.

Few would argue that Derry’s performance on Friday was a joy to watch but Devine affirmed afterwards that as far as he was concerned it was ‘mission accomplished’.

“If you can win a match with a free flowing football then so be it but first and foremost you have to win the game.

“There’s not much point in going out there and playing well and not coming away with a win. We got the three points tonight and whilst it might not have been pretty, it was mission accomplished.” he said.

Next up for Derry City is Bohemians in the quarter-final of the EA Sports Cup trophy at Dalymount Park tomorrow night. Kick-off 7.45pm. For full coverage see Tuesday’s Journal.