Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Kenny is set for a big Shels showdown

Derry City manager Stephen Kenny is expecting another epic battle when old rivals Shelbourne visit the Brandywell tonight.

Dermot Keely’s team, who haven’t been to Foyleside for a number of years, are sure to be a handful for Kenny’s side and the ex-Dunfermline Athletic gaffer knows his side are going to have a tough night.

“Shels actually finished five points ahead of Sporting Fingal last year but Fingal beat them in the play-off and went up, so Shels are a good side who have experienced players and are ambitious and want to get promoted, so we’ll have a tough game,” admitted the Derry boss.

“We are hitting top form, 15 goals in four games, the young teenagers are getting the goals and we are doing well at the minute.”

Derry have won five matches on the bounce, four in the league, with Patrick McEleney, James McClean, Ruairi Harkin and David McDaid all playing their part and getting amongst the goals.

In fact all four youngsters seem to have adapted very well to Kenny’s 4-2-4 formation.

“It’s more to do with the players than the system. I think the players are applying themselves really well and football is about players and they are getting their rewards now. But the challenge for us now is to be consistent and play against a Shels team and try and get a win,” he said.

Kenny confirmed that striker Stephen Parkhouse may have to have another operation to finally sort out his knee problem, but fellow front man Mark Farren is in line for a return to the squad.

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