Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Credit crunch hitting Derry City hard

On the field life could hardly be better for Derry City at the moment.

Maximum points from their last two outings have seen them close the gap at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division.

But behind the scenes news that they have lost several of their main sponsors has cast a severe gloom over the Brandywell.

The club has moved quickly to plug the gap by asking local companies to each pledge £1,000 with a positive response so far.

But after operating on a loss last season, the club could ill-afford to face a drop in revenue which is now inevitable.

The club's plans for a new stadium on the Brandywell site have been refused cross-border funding. It was due to open in 2012 but now the project looks to be shelved indefinitely.

The broken leg suffered by Liam Kearney in the win over Galway United last week is another blow, although the foot injury sustained by Barry Molloy in the same game is not as bad as first feared and he should be able to return within a matter of weeks.

Derry go into this evening's game against Sligo Rovers just four points behind leaders Bohemians, who deposed Cork City with a 1-0 win at Turner's Cross in midweek.

City closed the gap with their hard-fought win at home to St Patrick's Athletic during the week, Gareth McGlynn giving them the winner in the final quarter of the game.

Manager Stephen Kenny was delighted that Sammy Morrow ended his drought with his first goals of the season in the 3-0 win over Galway and is now looking for plenty more of the same from the lanky striker.

"He was quite emotional when he scored the first one,” he said.

“We were not putting him under any pressure to get the goal — he may have put pressure on himself.

"From my point of view, I'm more concerned with his overall contribution and when he netted his first goal against Galway after a good display, I'm happy with his effort."

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