Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Derry City back in business: Farren

Derry City striker Mark Farren is relieved to be back on the goalscoring trail at Sligo Rovers.

The Greencastle man sprung off the bench and helped himself to a brace during Derry’s impressive 4-0 win at the Showgrounds on Tuesday.

However, the modest frontman was merely pleased that the Candystripes recorded their first league success in six outings.

“Obviously I’m delighted to have scored a few goals, but it was even better that we got a win, after the poor run, which we have been on recently,” he said.

“We had quite a few tough matches in the league mixed in between our European run and it was difficult for the players playing Thursday and Sunday for a few weeks running and I have to admit it was a tight game against Sligo until we scored our first goal.

“I was just glad to get on and score a few goals, I think I was definitely onside for another goal, which would have given me a hat-trick and I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get that, but I’ll take the two goals, after not scoring in a while.

“In the last few matches I wasn’t getting any opportunities falling for me, but on Tuesday night the chances fell my way and I have put them away.

“I have to admit that I didn’t feel under pressure or anything like that, I was a little bit worried whenever I wasn’t getting any chances.

“That is always frustrating for a striker, however I am always confident that I will put things away whenever they are put in front of me. You have to keep believing that.

“Hopefully now those two goals will be the start of a wee run for me, at the end of the day if the team are playing well and we are creating chances I’ll be sniffing around for a goal.”

Tuesday’s showdown was the first of two encounters between the sides this week and the 27-year-old knows this Saturday’s FAI Ford Cup fourth round tie against Paul Cook’s side is going to be tough.

“To be honest I think Saturday is going to be a totally different game,” vowed City’s leading marksman.

“I think they have some players to comeback for Saturday’s match and I think we have it all to lose, while they probably have everything to gain.

“It was a tight match until we scored our first goal and then they had to push forward, which left a few gaps at the back for us to exploit.”