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Derry City look to sign off season in real style

By Colin Speer

Derry City’s Stephen McLaughlin wants to end the season on a winning note when they face old rivals Bohemians at the Brandywell tonight (7.45pm).

The former Finn Harps man wants to maintain the Candystripes 100% record over Pat Fenlon’s men this season.

“It’s always a big game against Bohemians, and this another big one because it’s the last game of the season and we want to win it and finish on a high,” declared McLaughlin.

“We have played Bohs three times this season we’ve managed to beat them, and we’ll be looking to do that again.

“But Bohemians will no doubt bring a strong a team, so we’ll have to play really well to get a result.”

The talented winger has scored some crucial goals this season, none more so than last week’s equaliser at St Patrick’s Athletic — in fact that goal ensured City secured European football for next season.

That goal at Richmond Park was very sneaky by McLaughlin who capitalised on St Pat’s keeper Chris Bennion’s mistake.

“It was a bit of a funny moment for me,” he admitted. “We had a free-kick and I ended up in the back of the net thanks to Ryan McBride, I got up and I saw the keeper had ran out to the penalty spot and he hadn’t noticed me, he didn’t look around and I thought maybe I could chance my arm and stand behind him.

“There was no shout and Eamon Zayed ran out so the keeper thought no-one else was behind him and he rolled the ball out, then thankfully for me I was able to nip in front of him and score.”

The 21-year-old has shone since James McClean’s departure to Sunderland.

“It has been a very exciting season for me and I think I have really grown as a player this season,” he added.

City have Ryan McBride and Kevin Deery missing through suspension, while Stewart Greacen, Gareth McGlynn and Owen Morrison are also out, but Eddie McCallion returns to the squad, while Emmett Friars is also likely to start in defence.

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