WHEN YOU are a local football manager you will quickly realise that it doesn’t get much better than defeating both Linfield and Cork City in the same week!
And Derry City boss, Declan Devine and his backroom staff will have been absolutely delighted - but not just at the results, but they way in which they had been achieved.
The Brandywell side appeared to be down and out half-time against the “Blues” in the Setanta Sports Cup quarter-final last Tuesday night, but a couple of inspired substitutions and a real ‘true grit’ performance in the second half saw Derry deservedly progress to the last four of the All-Ireland competition.
And although City dominated possession for much of the first half against Cork on Friday night, Derry struggled to make the breakthrough in the first half with the ‘Leesiders’ very dangerous on the break.
But the “Candy Stripes” did up the tempo at the start of the second half and goals from Mark Farren and Stephen McLaughlin settled the issue.
I’ve opted not to write on the post-match controversy of the Linfield match, however, it does bring into focus the role of our host community in the Brandywell area whose acceptance of Derry City Football Club is often taken for granted.
Without the support of this community there would be no football played in the Brandywell and that is something we should never forget.
So, as we make our way to games at the local venue in the future, let us remember this and be thankful for that support and respectful in all our actions.
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