Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Airtricity First Division: Derry City duo in line for first starts at Tolka

Stephen Kenny may give debuts to new signings Daniel Lafferty and Michael McCrudden at Shelbourne tonight, in an attempt to try and ease his already stretched squad.

With Mark Scoltock, Kevin Deery, James McClean, Adam Clarke and Stephen Parkhouse all missing, the Derry City manager admitted the duo, who have been training with the Candystripes, may get their chance at Tolka Park.

“Both of them could be involved in the Shelbourne match depending on how it goes, we have a few players unavailable, so Daniel certainly, Michael maybe,” said Kenny.

The Dubliner is expecting a tough encounter against the old rivals, who this week appointed Alan Matthews as their new manager.

“Shels are going well and we'll have to be at our best. We are minus players, so other players will have to come in and step up and put in a good performance,” said the Derry boss.

“They are unbeaten for a good while anyway, so Shels will certainly be in the shake-up at the end of the season. They have finished second the last two seasons so, off course, it will be a difficult game.

“Going to Tolka Park is always a tough game.

“Shels were strong favourites for the league and at the start of the season people were looking at Cork, Waterford and Shels.

“They see themselves as a team who should get to the play-offs at least, so it will be a tough game for us.”