Belfast Telegraph

Kenny dreams of Derry City having final say

Stephen Kenny admits everyone is allowed to dream that Derry City can book their place in this year’s FAI Ford Cup final.

They start this season’s campaign this evening when they host Bray Wanderers and with the final in the newly built Aviva Stadium, Kenny has fond memories of the last FAI Cup final at the Lansdowne Road venue.

The Brandywell men secured the cup after a memorable 4-3 success over St Patrick’s Athletic and a similar outcome this season would do nicely for the Dubliner.

“We have happy memories from the last FAI Cup final at Lansdowne Road before it was closed,” recalls Kenny.

“It was an enthralling final and this is the first year since it reopened as the Aviva Stadium, so we are allowed to dream about going back, but it would be premature, because we have a lot of obstacles to overcome along the way.”

The Brandywell men go into the tie in sparkling form, despite losing to Shamrock Rovers on Tuesday evening in the EA Sports Cup and the manager wants his players to respond to that defeat.

“Our form has been outstanding, we are seven points clear at the top of the league and we are flying at the minute,” he added.

“The league is our priority, but we’ll try to beat Bray; they have cup pedigree themselves so you have to respect that.

“They were two up at Drogheda last week and then drew 2-2, but they should have won that game. We have to try to win the game ourselves and try to play as well as we have been.”

Derry have Barry Molloy (hamstring), James McClean (foot), Darren Cassidy (calf), Emmet Friars (ankle) all struggling, while Ruairi Harkin, Stephen Parkhouse and Seamus Sharkey miss out.

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