Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Cassidy hungry to show class at Derry City

Derry City winger Darren Cassidy is enjoying life at the Brandywell and like his team-mates can't wait for this evening's encounter at Cork City Foras Co-op.

The ex-Newry City man believes he’s slowly starting to find his feet with his home town club.

“Personally I'm just happy that I'm getting the opportunity and I suppose it's up to me now to make the most of it,” he said.

“The more games you get the better it is for you and I certainly feel fitter and stronger, but either way I'll be happy as long as we are winning, because that's the main thing.”

The Brandywell men travel to Turners Cross and although it will be Cassidy’s first game at the Munster venue, he knows its going to be tough.

“We know it's going to be a big test for us, but we are all just looking forward to the Cork game,” admitted the 26-year-old.

“Our confidence is sky high at the minute because of the run we are on. It's really hard to believe that we have won our last nine matches and kept five clean-sheets, but we want the run to continue. The mentality all the boys have at the minute is very, very good and we should approach this game the way we have all the others.”

Derry will be without Mark Farren, Shane McEleney, Ruairi Harkin and Stephen Parkhouse, however boss Stephen Kenny is likely to make a host of changes to the side that defeated Finn Harps in the EA Sports Cup on Monday evening.

The likes of Gerard Doherty, Eddie McCallion, Mark Scoltock, Mark McChrystal, James McClean, Kevin Derry and Barry Molloy are sure to come straight back into the Candystripes' starting line-up. Farren sustained a leg injury in Derry's win over Harps while McEleney will miss out because of illness.

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