Derry City midfielder, Barry Molloy, said that nothing would make him happier this weekend than to emerge from Turner’s Cross later today with a win. (Kick-off 3.30pm)
Today’s game against Cork City is Derry’s fourth game of the 2013 Airtricity League Premier Division season.
The Candy Stripes lost on the opening day of the season to defending champions Sligo Rovers, hammered UCD 6-0 away from home and earlier this week they were unlucky only to draw 1-1 with Drogheda United at the Brandywell.
“We were disappointed to lose to Sligo Rovers on the opening day but that’s behind us now. I think we have started the season well and God only knows how we didn’t win at home to Drogheda this week,” said Molloy before departing for Cork.
“Like I said, we were unlucky against Sligo and I definitely think we warranted a draw out of that game and then we matched Drogheda. Sligo and Drogheda were the top two teams last season so we know that we can give anyone a game.”
Molloy, like many of his team mates, has been continually frustrated by Cork City over the years. In fact, the last time the Candy Stripes came away from Turner’s Cross with all three points was 12 seasons ago!
“I’ve been trying for ten seasons now and I have never got a league win in Turner’s Cross - it would be great if we could change that tomorrow,” said Molloy.
“Turner’s Cross is a great stadium to play in. The fans are amazing down there and the surface is always good too - we will have to be at our very best if we are to get anything out of the game.”
Derry City manager Declan Devine will wait until the last possible minute before deciding whether to start captain Kevin Deery and Barry McNamee.
“We’ve picked up a few injuries since the start of the season but we have the strength in depth there to take care of things,” said Molloy.
“Like I said, we have had a decent start to the season and whilst we’d like to be sitting on more points, we can definitely see improvements from last year. Training has been going really well and there’s a really good atmosphere within the team and with the coaching staff.
“Some of the new lads who have come in are already off the mark in terms of scoring goals, which is a good thing, so hopefully we can continue with our good momentum against Cork on Sunday,” he said.
Brothers Shane and Patrick McEleney are also doubtful due to a family funeral which might mean that Molloy would have to fill in at centre back.
“Shane [McEleney] has been absolutely immense for us this season,” said Molloy.
“He’s been totally solid in every game he’s played. If I have to play at centre-back then that’s where I will play. I have played there a few times before and no matter where the manager asks me to play I will always give 100 per cent for this football club,” he said.