DERRY City’s new striker, Conor Murphy, is anxious to get clearance to play against UCD tonight at the Belfield Bowl. (7.45 p.m.)
The 19-years-old Dubliner, who signed a contract until the end of the current season, said he was anxious to “get cracking on” now that Derry had come in for him.
“I’ve had offers from both Cork City and St. Patrick’s Athletic but once a big club like Derry City came in for me, I had no hesitation is travelling to Derry to speak to Declan Devine,” he said.
“I’ve played against Derry in the past and I realise the talent that exists in the current team. They have very good players and while I’ve already played with Patrick McEleney in the Republic of Ireland Under-19 squad, I realise that Derry has always been recognised as a good club and a club which can improve young players.”
Standing 5’ 11” tall, Murphy will reside in Derry but he also harboured hopes of trying his luck across the Channel should a club come in for him.
“I’m ambitious and I would dearly like to get my chance with a club across the Channel. I also believe that in order to be prepared for such a move, joining Derry City will help me in that regard.
“Derry have moved players on over recent years and those players who have left have obviously been well prepared for what to expect. I also realise that Derry City’s reputation as a club producing young players is well respected and I would expect that coaches and scouts would be watching the team perform on a weekly basis in the League of Ireland,” added the striker.
Keeping his fingers crossed that he would be involved against UCD, Conor concluded: “I’d really love to be involved in the game. I want to hit the ground running with Derry struggling in the front line, playing against UCD on Friday night certainly appeals to me.”
Team Spine Struggling
Agreeing that Patterson’s injury more or less meant that the spine of the team was now on the injured list, Devine continued to curse his luck.
“I’m having difficulty coming to terms with our injury problems. Rory’s injury has knocked us for six, hence the necessity to sign players quickly. But we still can’t confirm that Conor Murphy will be registered in time to play against UCD on Friday night, so that’s still a worry at this stage,” said the Derry boss.
“Our injury list is long and we also have a few players facing pre-match tests after shipping knocks in last week’s game against Drogheda United.
“Patrick McEleney limped off with a dead leg while Gerard Doherty struggled throughout with a leg injury, so that’s another worry for us. Ruaidhri Higgins is also carrying an injury and when you consider those players out long term, I think you can see that we have major problems,” lamented Devine.
However, he refused to give up hope and suggested that a victory at the Belfield Bowl would give everyone at the Brandywell a major lift.
“UCD are a decent side and no one gets it easy at the Belfield Bowl,” continued Devine. “They are capable of turning any team in the league over and when you consider that they held Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght and defeated Sligo Rovers, that makes them dangerous.
“They play without fear and without expectation and Martin Russell has a talented team of youngsters who are technically very good and a match for any team in the league.
“However, over recent weeks we have conceded so many soft goals and I firmly believe that if we can get that right, when we are capable of getting a run going despite our injury worries.
“We drew 2-2 in Cork which would have been considered a good result on another day, but given that we led 2-0, it was a case of two points dropped. We were also disappointed to lose out in the League Cup after what was a decent performance up until the final 15 minutes in Sligo and while last week’s 3-0 defeat at the Brandywell was very hard to take, we got to look at the soft goals we conceded due to defensive errors.
“Therefore, a win in Dublin would give us all a boost and that’s exactly what we will be aiming for. Should our new signings be registered in time, they will be involved in the travelling squad, if not we will soldier on and do our best under the circumstances but I’m confident we can returning to winning ways,” concluded Devine.