DERRY CITY defender Stewart Greacen described his first experience of FAI Cup football as ‘more than miserable’ after the Candy Stripes’ shock 4-1 reversal against First Division Wexford Youths on Friday night.
The former Morton player has been a revelation since crossing the Irish Sea in the close season, playing a pivotal role as the Brandywell club has re-established itself as a major force in the Airtricity Premier Division. However the Scot’s first taste of FAI Cup action will not live long in the memory, as a candid Greacen admitted.
“It was more than a miserable performance, it was simply embarrassing,” conceded Greacen.
“We were poor from start to finish and even the 4-1 scoreline flattered us a little because we were shocking. We prepared properly for the game but at the end of the day we just never turned up on the night and there are no excuses for that sort of performance.”
Two goals adrift at the interval against a team in sitting in the bottom two of the First Division, the travelling Derry support could have justifiably expected a second half onslaught from Stephen Kenny’s team but it never materialised, much to Greacen’s frustration.
“The team as a whole just didn’t play well. There were changes made but the team that came down and the players that started were more than capable of getting the win. The whole team were terrible, it was simply a bad night for us.
“We just need to kick on now, recover and bounce back. Wexford played really well. We knew they would be looking at the game as a cup final and they managed to play it as if it was one. They were first to every ball, cut out or attacks and got their reward for it,” he added.
Team-mate Patrick McEleney, who has a second half substitute, said the rout was one of his worst experiences of his career to date.
“We’ve hit rock-bottom with that performance. We were shocking, there’s not much more you can say about the game,” admitted the young midfielder.
“The manager told us the performance was a disgrace. We’re Derry City and no disrespect to a team like Wexford but we should be able to come to a place like this and get a result. We just didn’t play at all.
“To be fair to Wexford they got in out faces and closed us down very well but we should still be able to pass the ball better than we did. It’s our own fault,” he added.