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Derry City can make break for Europe with victory

By Eoin Wilson

Published 16/09/2016

Wex appeal: Kenny Shiels insists Derry must beat Wexford tonight
Wex appeal: Kenny Shiels insists Derry must beat Wexford tonight

Kenny Shiels believes that Derry City can take a huge step towards European football with victory over Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park tonight.

The Candystripes are in Wexford for the second time in eight days following last week's FAI Cup quarter-final victory.

Having successful negotiated that game with a 3-1 win, Shiels is now turning his attention to the remainder of the league campaign, with City hoping to earn European qualification with a top three finish.

To do that they must hold off the challenge of Shamrock Rovers and Shiels insisted that victory over Wexford will help put pressure on the Tallaght side, who are in action at Cork City.

"We have got to put the pressure on Shamrock Rovers and if we can beat Wexford we can do that," he explained.

"If we can get a wee bit of comfort before we play them, the pressure will be on them when they come here to win the game," Shiels added.

"Shamrock Rovers are a major threat to us. A European place is big for them."

The Candystripes head to Wexford on the back of good news with midfielder Aaron McEneff (two years) and defender Dean Jarvis (one year) both signing new deals with the club.

"They are two Derry lads which makes it even more impacting," Shiels said.

Both Jarvis and McEneff are suspended for tonight's game, with Max Kraner and Harry Monaghan set to return to the starting 11.

Belfast Telegraph

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