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Crunch time for Derry City: McEleney

Derry City youngster Shane McEleney believes three points against Wexford Youths tonight and a positive result at Shelbourne next week would set his side up nicely for the remainder of the season.





The Candystripes are currently seven points clear of Waterford United and McEleney feels their next two matches — starting with Wexford this evening — could turn out to be a pivotal moment in their campaign.

“If we could get three points against Wexford tonight and get any type of a result in what will be a massive game at Shelbourne, it would certainly set us up for the rest of the season,” admitted the defender.

“A win over Wexford would also set us up nicely for a massive game at Shels, but we know it's going to be difficult against Wexford as they have picked up a few impressive results recently and after beating Finn Harps last week, they'll come to us with their confidence high.”

The 19-year-old has just returned from injury and is loving his role in Stephen Kenny’s starting line-up.

“I can't wait for tonight's match, because I'm enjoying things at the minute, particularly that I have played in the last few games,” he added.

“Hopefully now I can keep my place, but with Mark McChrystal now back, I know it's going to be tough. But we’ll have to wait and see. Even whenever I wasn't playing, I was still enjoying it, just being on the bench and involved with the first team.”

The teenager, who has played in several positions this season, believes there are highs and lows associated with his versatility.

“I can play at centre-back, but I prefer to play in centre-midfield, while I can also slot into right-back and with us not really having cover at right-back then he (Stephen Kenny) knows he can throw me in there,” he added.

Derry will be without Kevin Deery who has a calf muscle injury.

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