Linfield boss David Jeffrey is convinced Derry City can go on and win the Setanta Sports Cup after his side were beaten 3-0 at the Brandydwell last night.
A fabulous Mark Farren hat-trick knocked the Blues out of the Cup, as Glentoran joined Derry in the semi-finals.
“In all the times we have played Derry over the last couple of years, this is the first time I’ve seen them in the flesh, so to speak,” Jeffrey said.
“If they play with as much pace and flair as they did here tonight there’s no reason why they can’t go on and win the whole thing.
“I said to Stephen Kenny after the game that they did to us tonight what we did to them in Belfast earlier in the year.
“They are on a roll at the minute and are up there with anything I have seen in the eircom League. We were beaten by the better team and there’s no disgrace in that.”
Naturally Jeffrey was disappointed that the Blues are not in the knockout stages of the competition for the first time, but he said that the squad was in transition.
“Derry are a full-time set-up and it showed,” he said.
“I could only manage to have 16 players here and two of those were goalkeepers. Congratulations also to Glentoran for making it through.”