Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Derry City title dream still alive: Molloy

Midfielder Barry Molloy believes Derry City still have a chance of winning the League of Ireland Premier Division title, with a win at Drogheda tonight essential to keep hopes alive.

The Candystripes currently trail long time leaders and champions Bohemians by eight points, however the Gypsies seem to be having a little bit of a wobble, losing their last two league encounters, before also getting knocked out of the FAI Ford Cup at Sligo Rovers on Tuesday night.

“We are now entering the last series of games and we have absolutely nothing to lose,” said Molloy. “The gap is down to eight points and all the top five sides have to play each other, with both Bohs and (Shamrock) Rovers having to come to the Brandywell, so it's not over yet.

“I think a few weeks ago we were 14 points behind Bohs and thinking of trying to get third spot, but anything can happen in football so you never know.

“Bohs were beaten twice in a week recently, then they lost in the cup and sometimes it's hard to turn that form around,” he said.

“We have to try and use their dip in form to our advantage and push on. We have won three matches out of our last four and have to take all the positives from those games.

“My season has been interrupted with injuries but to be fair I think Ruaidhri (Higgins) and Kevin (Deery) have been absolutely brilliant. From my point of view I have to keep my head down in training and try to force my way back into the team, so hopefully I've done enough against Dundalk to be still involved for the Drogheda game.”

Deery misses the trip to United Park this evening, while defensive duo Stephen Gray and Clive Delaney are suspended. James McClean is out with a thigh problem and Sammy Morrow is still getting treatment on his ankle.

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