Far from Rover yet for Derry City
Derry City boss Stephen Kenny is convinced the leading League of Ireland Premier Division sides will continue to take points off one another for the remainder of the season.
Certainly he hopes his side can overcome rivals Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell tonight (7.45pm).
The Hoops did City a huge favour in the big Dublin derby when they scored two late goals to beat Bohemians 2-1 last weekend.
Just 24 hours earlier Cork City had taken over from Bohs at the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Kenny’s side.
“I think you could have a situation where a team could lose six games this season and still win the league,” he said.
“And that hasn’t been the case in recent years.”
City currently lie in third place five points behind Cork.
“We have to put the Cork result behind us and push on,” Kenny said.
“Rovers’ victory last week means we are two points behind Bohemians and not five which is a comfort, but we must concentrate on ourselves.
“The Rovers result just goes to show that matches are unpredictable and nothing can be taken for granted in this 10 team league.”
Derry have a packed schedule to negotiate, starting with the visit of Rovers tonight. They are in action again in a friendly against Sirocco Works on Tuesday evening to celebrate the Belfast amateur team’s 85th anniversary.
That game is to be played at Dundela’s Wilgar Park in east Belfast and the Sirocco team will feature Linfield marksman Glenn Ferguson and Glentoran’s Paul Leeman.
Two days later Derry are back in league action against Galway United at Terryland Park.
That’s a game brought forward from the Friday because of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Nigeria at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. That game is being televised live.
Then on Tuesday, June 2 St Patrick’s Athletic visit the Brandywell. And they have to go to the Sligo Showgrounds 24 hours earlier than planned on Friday, June 5 because of the Republic’s World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia.
Clive Delaney and Gareth McGlynn are both still out injured for this evening’s match but Ger O’Brien, who has been out for almost a month, joined the first team squad in training this week.
With Mark McChrystal serving a one-match ban after his sending off in Cork, O’Brien could come straight back into the starting line-up.
“Clive and Gareth are both making good progress but I don’t think they will be ready for the Rovers match,” Kenny said.
“But Ger O’Brien has already done some running and should be ready for the weekend.”