Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Stars get night off as Derry City boss Stephen Kenny calls kids

Derry City boss Stephen Kenny is not a man to buck football fashion - and that's why he'll name an experimental line-up for tonight's FAI Cup tie away to Wexford Youths.

After his goal-scoring exploits in the 6-0 hammering of Galway United in the league on Monday evening, striker Eamon Zayed has more than likely earned the night off as Kenny brings in fringe players like Ruairi Harkin, Michael McCrudden, David McDaid and Stephen McLaughlin for the third round tie at the First Division outfit's Ferrycraig Park.

Skipper Kevin Deery and Barry Molloy, just back in the side after a spells out injured, can also expect a rest.

Shane McEleney picked up a groin strain in the Galway game while Emmet Friars is struggling with a hip injury and neither will make the trip.

"There's a heavy schedule coming up and we are going to have a few suspensions to deal with as well so we have to be careful and manage the situation," said Kenny.

"At the same time we have to make sure that we play to the level that we have set ourselves this season."

Derry's emphatic victory on Monday has made them the runaway highest goalscorers in the Premier Division with 31 while Zayed tops the individual charts with 11.

Kenny was delighted at the nature of the win with two of the goals coming in the closing 10 minutes of the game.

"It was a top class display. Galway came up to give us a game and we didn't allow them to do that," he said. "We produced some excellent play and scored some top quality goals."

Should this evening's game end in a draw the replay has been pencilled in for the Brandywell on Monday.

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