Rebels land direct hit

Rory Patterson's races away from Cork City skipper Dan Murray.
Rory Patterson's races away from Cork City skipper Dan Murray.

Derry City midfielder, Barry Molloy, could not hide his disappointment at the way in which the Candy Stripes lost 4-1 to Cork City in Turner’s Cross on Friday evening.

Speaking to the Sunday Journal yesterday evening, Molloy, who captained the team against the Rebels on Friday, said the Leeside performance was not acceptable and called for a drastic improvement ahead of Tuesday night’s match against league leaders, St. Patrick’s Athletic at Brandywell.

“Obviously, we are really disappointed with how Friday’s game went but we have two big games coming up next week and the way I have been brought up is that when you get beat like we did on Friday the only thing you can do is get back to basics, work hard, give 100 per cent and everything else will take care of itself,” said Molloy.

A hat-trick from Cork City youngster Danny Morrissey was the performance of the night on Leeside and Rory Patterson’s strike towards the end of the game was to be nothing more than a consolation goal.

“I don’t think we did enough to win the game on Friday night but I honestly don’t think the score reflects the true nature of the game.

“We created a few chances and we could have been awarded a few penalties but we weren’t so there’s nothing we can do about it now.

“The players are working their socks off to put things right but this happens in football. We haven’t been firing on all cylinders recently and I suppose when you lose 4-1 away from home it makes things look really bad.”

Derry’s away form has been top notch this season but at the Brandywell they have remained unconvincing.

Declan Devine’s men have won only one of their last seven matches at the Foyleside venue.

“We have two massive games coming up against St. Patrick’s Athletic and Shelbourne and if we were to pick up a few results then we would be right back in it.

“It’s never nice when you lose like we did on Friday but all you can do is put things right in the next match,” he said.

Setanta Sports have confirmed that they will be broadcasting live from Derry City’s game against St. Patrick’s Athletic at the Brandywell on Tuesday evening; kick-off 7.45pm.

Meanwhile, the Derry City FC Board of Directors will host a Fans Forum/Q&A session with the Directors/team management and a players’ representative inside the Derry City Social Club next Thursday evening.

Directors, management and a players’ representative will answer questions from the audience at the event.

The evening will be open to members of official supporters clubs (all those affiliated to the Association of Supporters Clubs), season ticket holders and shareholders.

The meeting will give supporters the opportunity to put questions to directors and management regarding all aspects of Derry City F.C.

The meeting will take place in the Derry City Social Club on Thursday next the 5th September 2013 at 7.30pm sharp.

Anyone who is not a season ticket holder, shareholder or supporter can apply to the Derry City office to attend as numbers are limited .

Contact the Derry City office on 02871 37 3111.