IT’S no secret that Derry folk enjoy a good day out and quite a few fans of the “Candy Stripes” will be in Dublin next Sunday, hopefully enjoying what could prove a memorable trip to the magnificent Aviva Stadium.
But having reached the Ford FAI Cup Final against St. Pat’s it’s very important that the club does everything in its power to bring the trophy back up to the Brandywell and that would prove to be a significant boost for Declan Devine and his playing staff this season.
Of course, Derry have already played in the Setanta Cup final earlier in the season and have now qualified for the 2013 tournament through the league programme after finishing in fifth spot. However, to record a win in the FAI Cup win would certainly place the icing on the cake.
But standing between Derry and such an achievement is a very good St. Patrick’s Athletic side who will be disappointed at their third place finish in the league table.
St. Pat’s, like Derry City, like to play free flowing, quality football with the ball played on the “deck” and while so much of their play is channelled through centre-half, Kenny Browne, they also possess potential match winners in the lively Christy Fagan and Sean O’Connor.
However, Derry have just finished the season strongly and with the club’s injury crisis now behind them, I believe the “Candy Stripes” are good enough to win this trophy. For the first time in ages, Declan Devine will have a full strength squad to choose from, but whatever team he selects, Derry have the quality to get the required result.
Let’s hope the Brandywell side will be well supported in the Aviva Stadium next Sunday afternoon and if you are in a position to make the trip, make yourself be heard on what could prove a superb afternoon.
I know it’s a well worn cliche, but it really is the team that wants it more on the day usually wins and I have no doubt that Declan and Paul Hegarty will have their charges properly preparted and let’s hope that after watching a top quality game of football, Derry’s City of Culture celebrations will open with an FAI Cup success.