Opportunity knocks for Derry City youngsters

Derry City's Dean Jarvis with Michael Collins of Bluebell United'' Picture Margaret McLaughlin �
Derry City's Dean Jarvis with Michael Collins of Bluebell United'' Picture Margaret McLaughlin �

DECLAN DEVINE has pledged to stick to his policy of developing the younger players at the club as Derry City prepare for the first of three games in the space of seven days at Dalymount Park tonight.

The next seven days could have a major bearing on the ‘Candy Stripes’ European ambitions but Devine refuses to waver from his promise to give the younger members of the squad their chance to shine.

Ryan Curran made his first competitive start for the senior team in last weekend’s victory over Bray while Ray Foy also made a brief appearance from the bench during the closing stages when replacing Rory Patterson.

Highly rated, Joshua Tracy and Conor Barr were also named on the substitute’s bench for the visit of the ‘Seagulls’ and they can expect further opportunities to make their breakthrough before the season’s end.

So far Devine’s decision to blood the younger players this season has been vindicated with Michael Duffy forcing his way into a regular starting berth following some excellent displays.

And Devine has been equally impressed with the performances of Curran and Dean Jarvis who has shown great versatility in recent games.

“Obviously we have our injuries to contend with,” said the Derry boss last night.

“We’re missing the same players we’ve been missing in recent weeks.

“And I don’t imagine Sean Houston being declared fit to play while Patrick McEleney will also be a major doubt.

“We will be working off a panel that will possess a lot of young players once again.

“We’ll be hopeful that the young players can step up to the plate again at Dalymount.

“I was very impressed by Dean Jarvis again last week and hopefully he can push on a make a starting position his own.”

Derry welcome back both Ryan McBride and Barry McNamee from suspension for tonight’s trip to Dalymount.

City then travel to Oriel Park to take on title chasing Dundalk next Monday night.