‘TOWN HE Loves so well!’

Ryan Coulter
Ryan Coulter

RYAN Coulter will play for the ‘Town’ he loves so well at the Brandywell tonight, but it will not be Derry City!

No. Phil Coulter’s 25-years-old son is expected to take up his position between the “sticks” for visitors, Athlone Town, who face the town his father certainly loves so well having been a former President of the “Candy Stripes.”

Coulter appears to have made the No. 1 jersey his own at the Midland club, having replaced Paul Skinner two months ago.

In fact, he played for the Dundalk Under-20 side in 2008/09 and made just one senior league appearance that year before leaving in the summer of 2009 to attend the University of San Diego in California.

He returned home to join Athlone this summer and his first involvement in the first team was actually at the Brandywell in July as sub keeper when Derry recorded a 3-2 victory.

However, the Brandywell side will not be expected to grant any favours to the son of one of the city’s high profile personalities and, indeed, they will attempt to give the visiting custodian a baptism of fire.

Indeed, with an FAI Cup semi-final on the horizon, Peter Hutton’s troops will be playing for their places in that game against Shamrock Rovers, although the Derry boss has banned all talk of the cup clash in the dressing room.

“We haven’t given up on catching Sligo Rovers who are three points ahead of us, therefore, our target is two wins from two league games against Athlone and Bray, before we can even think about the cup match,” insisted Hutton last night.

“The FAI Cup semi-final will look after itself, but the Athlone Town and Bray Wanderers games are all about building momentum. The only way to do that is by performing well on the pitch and, hopefully, scoring goals.

“We certainly don’t want to be going into the semi-final on the back of two defeats.

“I believe we’ve got to go into the league games with a positive attitude, determined to do well and finish the season on a high.”