Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Farren boost eases Derry City's pain of return trip to Cork

If Derry City needed any extra incentive for this week’s double header against Cork City, the Leesiders provided it with the late call-off of their initial date on Friday evening.

It was only at lunchtime that the decision was taken that the Terryland Park pitch would be unplayable - with travelling fans already halfway there.

The game has been rearranged for this evening with a 7.45pm kick-off and Derry are back again this Friday for their FAI Cup quarter-final.

Despite the fact that they have been deducted 10 points for going into examinership for financial reasons, Cork still have not given up hope of overhauling Derry in third spot in the table to gain European football next season.

That, though, is Derry’s minimum ambition this season with their hopes of further glory well and truly alive as they approach the latter stages of no less than three cup competitions. Cork can obviously put a major dent in their FAI Cup hopes on Friday and they have shown a tendency to upstage Derry in the recent past and almost always hold the upper hand at home.

It was at the Brandywell, though, in their last encounter that Cork really turned the screw as they came back from being two goals down in the final quarter-hour to win the game.

Several players, including the influential John O’Flynn, have left because of those money problems.

Derry may have been annoyed by the timing of the call-off but they travel in good heart with the news that both leading striker Mark Farren and midfielder Gareth McGlynn have agreed new two-year contracts.

After a disappointing year last season, Farren (pictured) is back to his best this year, banging in the goals and has his own record of 17 within his sights by the end of the season.

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