Stephen Kenny admits that he was forced to breath a huge sigh of relief as Derry City reached the FAI Ford Cup final.
It has set up a mouthwatering decider against Kenny’s former employers Bohemians and the Derry manager will leave his players in doubt just how much he wants to get one over on the Dublin club.
The Candy Stripes booked their place in the decider courtesy of a narrow 1-0 win away to Galway United yesterday.
The last four clash certainly wasn’t a classic and Kenny knows his men will have to up the ante if they are to overcome the league leaders in the final.
“I don’t think Bohs would be worried or trembling after seeing us today,” Kenny admitted.
“We have to try and do better. We can do better.
“It's funny, I suppose we're not really elated after it which you would expect — we're just relieved really,” he said.
“The players are relieved because we know we didn't play well, but we defended well.
“Galway played well in the first-half and their system caused us problems.
“It was a great finish from Mark Farren and we had many chances after that to add a second but we didn't take them - we didn't play to our potential.
“You could see why Galway came into this game on the back of an eight-match unbeaten run.
"We defended well and had plenty of opportunities but we can do a lot better.”
In form Mark Farren was City’s match-winner when he struck the only goal of the game in the second half.
It was the Donegal man’s sixth goal in five games and Kenny admitted he is delighted the striker decided to stay.
“Mark nearly joined Sligo Rovers at the end of last season,” revealed Kenny after the game.
"The deal was almost done. But when I came in, he was a player that I badly wanted to keep.
“That's six goals in five games for him now.”