DERRY City keeper, Gerard Doherty, may well have been disgusted with Friday night’s shocking defeat in Wexford, but while he will be anxious to bounce back against St. Pat’s on Friday, he has another important date dominating his mind at the moment.
ARTHUR DUFFY reports
The 29-year-old will marry his girlfriend of almost nine years in Italy tomorrow morning, but his celebrations will be cut short by one day as he will be reporting for duty at Richmond Park this weekend.
With the wedding arranged almost two years ago, the introduction of the Carling Nations Cup which took place in the Aviva Stadium recently, forced a change in the league mid-season break and the plans of Gerard and his wife to be, Edele Moore, couldn’t be changed.
The couple, who have a two and a half years old son, Lennan, agreed to continue with their plans and thanks to the assistance of team boss, Stephen Kenny, his No. 1 custodian will be on a flight to Dublin on Friday where he will be met by the team bus travelling to the Pat’s game.
“We deliberately planned our wedding to coincide with the usual mid-season break, but this season’s break was changed due to the Carling Nations Cup and we couldn’t change if after all the arrangements had been made,” said Gerard.
“The move certainly inconvenienced our plans but thanks to Stephen (Kenny) who did everything in his power to sort out an early flight home for me, Edele was very understanding given that I would be leaving for home just one day before those who will travel over for the wedding. To be fair, it was not ideal, but we managed to work things out.
“Edele has been great about everything and while the Wexford Youths result was not the send-off I had been seeking, I just have to get on with it and put the performance down to one of those nights,” he added.
With family and friends travelling to Italy numbering in the region of 30, the Derry keeper is now looking forward to celebrating his wedding in style.
“We’ve arranged to get married in the Tuscany area of Italy, in a small town called Cortona and with quite a few members of our families and friends travelling, we’re really looking forward to the experience.
“It’s been a long time in the planning and while we’ve had few hiccups here and there, we’re now really looking forward to the occasion and, hopefully, everything will go well on the day.”
On Friday, however, it’s back to business against St. Pat’s in the Airtricity League and the Creggan man faces a very early start.
“I’ll be picked up by taxi early on Friday morning to be driven to the airport to board a flight to Dublin. It’s an early start, but I’m a player who doesn’t like to miss too many matches and while our previous plan would have worked out, I coming home just one day early, with Edele, Lennan and our family and friends all flying back into Belfast on Saturday.”
Reflecting back on the shock FAI Cup defeat by Wexford, the keeper was stunned and, indeed, embarrassed by both the result and the overall performance.
“It just wasn’t like us. We may have started okay but then everything seemed to go wrong. We struggled in the vital area and I think the harder we tried, the worse it got.
“We don’t normally do 4-1 defeats and while there had been a few changes in the line-up, it was just a really bad night at the office and, no doubt, one we will bounce back from as a group,” he concluded.