Institute to host Derry City in annual Billy Kee Memorial Cup game

Institute manager Brian Donaghey says the majority of his squad are Derry City fans as they prepare to face the Candy Stripes in the annual Billy Kee Memorial Cup game at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium tomorrow night (7.45pm).

Donaghey, who revealed15 of his squad travelled to Dublin to cheer on Ruaidhrí Higgins’ men last November in the FAI Cup final, believes tomorrow evening’s friendly is perfect for his side.

"I played for Billy way, way back and I obviously have got close affinity with Paul. The Kee family has been good to me and it's always a game the players look forward to,” he explained.

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"Most of my squad are Derry City fans. I think 14 or 15 from our group went to the FAI Cup final, so they are all Derry City fans and it's great that my squad can test themselves against some of the top players in the country.

Institute manager Brian Donaghey.
Institute manager Brian Donaghey.
Institute manager Brian Donaghey.

"Ruaidhrí (Higgins) has got the Derry City thing going in a great direction and that's all credit to him. He's done a brilliant job and he'll be looking to build on that this year.

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"The fixture always gives us a good barometer of where we are at and it's always good to play these games. Hopefully there will be a good crowd and while we are obviously making sure everyone is fine for our league games, as our competitive matches are what I'm focusing on, we always enjoy playing in the Billy Kee Memorial game and Wednesday night will be no different.

"The games have been good recently against the sides and they'll probably be a lot of goals, hopefully not all against us (laughing)but, listen, we've got a good relationship with Derry City now which has improved over the last few years."