Still in the mix for European qualification

Presseye Northern Ireland
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Before the Airtricity Premier Division season kicked-off , most would probably have settled for still being involved at the business end of the season and that’s exactly where Derry City are.

It’s also accepted that even before the ‘Candy Stripes’ match with Limerick it’s not completely in Derry’s own hands but after a shocking run of injuries and an equally poor run of results, the Brandywell is still in there battling for a Europa League spot.

Everything in football (as in life) is relative as we’d all like to be in St .Patrick Athletic’s position.

However, equally we could be in the dire position of Shelbourne, a very proud Dublin club which, only several seasons ago, was competing in Europe. Next season the ‘reds’ will ply their trade in the graveyard of League of Ireland First Division football.

A point was a decent return from Derry’s game with St Pat’s at Richmond Park last Friday night, although all three points might have been a fairer return.

The visitors for the final game of the season will be Limerick this wekend.

Just one team has something to play for, other than pride, next Friday night and so, roared on by the ‘Brandywell Faithful’, only three points will be acceptable.

It’s been a long, difficult and somewhat disappointing season for Declan Devine’s troops, however, a victory on Friday night on the Lone Moor Road could possibly see a silver lining at the end of the rainbow.