Derry City manager Declan Devine believes that his side have got what it takes to reach the final of this season’s FAI Ford Cup.
Devine’s side progressed to the quarter-final stages after a 1-0 victory over UCD at the Belfield Bowl on Friday evening.
“I thought we played well on Friday,” said Devine.
“I think we could have been more ruthless in front goal but we got the win that we deserved.
“The last time this club was involved in an FAI Cup final was in 2008 and the last time we were involved in a final in the national stadium was in 2006.
“Derry City are a club that should be challenging for cups every season.
“We have definitely got what it takes but hopefully we don’t lose any more players.”
“Here’s hoping for a favourable draw for the quarter-finals,” he said.
Friday’s victory was Derry’s third game inside seven days and was also their third consecutive clean sheet.
Derry beat Bohemians 2-0 at the Brandywell last Friday and emerged from their clash with Bray Wanderers on Monday night with a share of the spoils after the teams played out a scoreless draw.
Devine praised the Derry City supporters who travelled to the Carlisle Grounds for the Bray game on Monday and those who made the journey to Dublin for the third round cup tie with the Students.
“Many of the teams that play us at the Brandywell do not bring any away supporters with them yet, when we are on the road are supporters are always behind us.
“I think it just shows the calibre of supporter at this club that they would think nothing of travelling to Bray on a Monday and then UCD on a Friday.
“It’s not cheap to follow a team around the country but everywhere we go our supporters are always there and I want them to know how appreciative I and the entire playing staff at the club are.
“I just hope that we can repay them by continuing to get results and by playing entertaining football.”
Devine continued by saying that he was delighted with Friday’s victory and praised the entire team for the way in which they have dealt with recent set backs.
“Dermot McCaffrey failed a fitness test after he strained his hamstring so we played young Barry McNamee at left-back. I think Barry did well.
“I also had to play Ryan McBride out of position in the midfield and Barry Molloy played in a much more advanced role than he has been used to.
“The players did really well and I am proud of them.”
Derry have a spate of six games coming up inside three weeks. They start with Shelbourne away next Friday and Devine said he’s confident that his team can pick up more points along the way.
“It’s going to be tough but hopefully if we can get a few more players back fit then we will be able start amassing more points.
“There’s still plenty of points to play for.”