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Life’s sweet as Derry City chase hat-trick

Airtricity Premier Division

By Peter Hutcheon

Derry City intend to make it a hat-trick of wins on the spin at Terryland Park when they face Galway United this evening (7.45pm).

Veteran defender Eddie McCallion reckons the Candystripes have sorted out the defensive problems which hampered their progress early on.

“The defence has been first class in the last couple of matches,” McCallion (pictured) said.

“The back four have been brilliant, but it's not just us, we have defended really well as a team.

“Now it's about moving forward and maintaining what we've done recently and keeping our feet on the ground.”

City's 2-0 win at home to Dundalk last week moved them up to third in the Airtricity League — after a start in which they won only one of their opening four games.

Galway have managed just one win in six games so far this season — although that was over a Bohemians side level on points with Derry in the table.

City boss Stephen Kenny goes into the game with no significant injury worries, something of a novelty so far this season.

“Galway's win over Bohs shows they are no pushovers,” added McCallion. “We'll go and give it our best because that's what we always do.”

Eamon Zayed brought his tally for the season to two with one of the goals in the Dundalk win, and he's starting to look the part up front for Derry.

The in-form Gareth McGlynn got the other to lift Derry to within two points of league leaders Shamrock Rovers.

“We played really well against Dundalk with some good football,” said McCallion.

“We're a young team, looking to get on well in the league. It's still early in the season but we are just looking to maintain how we have been playing so far.”

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