FOLLOWING Tuesday night’s game against Drogheda United, Derry City will be out of action for a period of eight days due to Shamrock Rovers’ involvement in the Setanta Sports Cup Final against Dundalk.
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Having been due to travel to Tallaght this Friday night, that game has now been postponed until Monday, June 13th, a decision which has not gone down well with Stephen Kenny.
“Derry will also find difficulties due to the club’s isolation in the North-West and with 70 per cent of the Premier Division sides coming from the Dublin and Louth areas, I really do believe it can be very difficult to get parity and fairness on occasions,” said the Derry boss.
“After Tuesday’s match against Drogheda, we do not have a game for eight days - when Bray arrive at the Brandywell next Friday week. But the decision to re-schedule our trip to Shamrock Rovers for June 13th has not made things any easier for us,” he added.
“On Friday, June 10th, we will be playing at Inchicore against St. Pat’s and now we’ve been ordered to make two trips to Dublin over a period of three days which, in my view, is totally unfair.
“We’ve got matches against St. Pat’s, Rovers, Bohemians and Sligo in quick succession, indeed, over a period of 10 days and where’s the fairness in that?” he asked.
“The way the league used to operate was if a match was called off, it was up to the two clubs to agree a new date – a date which would have suited both clubs. But we’ve received a directive and that’s it. It means we must travel to Dublin twice in three days having to play Pat’s on the Friday and Rovers on the Monday.
“And travelling down there takes it out of you. Players do not get a proper night’s sleep when they return and they’ve got to back down again within a few days. I don’t think it’s fair and I don’t believe for one minute that Shamrock Rovers would have agreed to such a directive if they had been forced to travel to Derry twice in three days
“It’s something we could have done without and I don’t believe there is any thought or understanding of the travelling involved for a club like Derry City.
“Later in the season we have one match per week, so why cram the fixtures in? he asked.