City TO go top with win

�INPHO/Cathal Noonan
�INPHO/Cathal Noonan

STEPHEN Kenny’s return to Brandywell will add spice to this evening’s fixture against Dundalk as the top two teams boasting the best “away” form in the Airtricity League clash. (7.45 p.m.)

Having recorded back-to-back victories, home and away, against Bohemians last weekend, Derry City are on a high and the club’s recent winning run has made quite a few people sit up and take notice.

The motivation for victory over Stephen Kenny’s side this evening - if that was ever required - would see Declan Devine’s side share leadership of the Premier Division as St. Pat’s are involved in Europa League action.

However, while the Derry boss viewed the game as “another big match for us,” he refused to get carried away.

“It’s another big match for us, because it’s our next match. The month of July is going to be massive for us, with Shamrock Rovers next on the agenda, back-to-back games in Europe over seven days with Pat’s and Sligo also thrown in.

“So we face a tough schedule, but as we’ve done all season, the next match is the big match and all focus is on Dundalk, nowhere else,” he insisted.

“There are no meaningless games in this league, three points against Dundalk is just as important as three points against St. Pat’s or Sligo.

“Over the first half of the season we’ve managed to play our way into this position and now it’s time for the players to embrace every game they play in and try to push on.

“They’ve been absolutely excellent and they deserve any success they achieve, but it’s also very important to note that while we remain in every competition, nothing has been won.”

The addition of Eugene Ferry, David McDaid and new signing, Dean Jarvis, has added competition for places, Devine pointing to the experience of McDaid and Ferry, in particular, as significant.

“The additions to the panel will serve to keep every player on his toes. Davy, Dean and Eugene were signed not only to add depth to the squad, but also add experience at such a vital stage of the season.

“We’ve also been bringing through a few young players into the first team set-up and that will continue with Michael Duffy, Ryan Curran and Raymond Foy all playing integral roles.

“Josh Tracey, Conor Barr and Conall Kelly are also making strides and it’s important that their progress continues.”