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Monaghan hungry to get better of his old boss Fenlon

By Eoin Wilson

Published 08/04/2016

Solid start: Harry Monaghan has impressed for Derry City
Solid start: Harry Monaghan has impressed for Derry City

Derry City midfielder Harry Monaghan is hoping to get one over his old manager Pat Fenlon when Shamrock Rovers visit the Brandywell tonight.

The 23-year-old played for the Rovers boss at Hibernian in the early days of his career, when the Dubliner gave Monaghan his break in senior football back in 2012.

The two will renew acquaintances in a Airtricity League Premier Division top-of-the-table clash, but ahead of that battle Monaghan has acknowledged the role that Fenlon played in his career.

"Any time that a manager brings you in and you get your first taste of the first team, as a player you love that so I would be grateful to him definitely," he said.

"Pat gave me my chance at the time, but unfortunately there was a lot of competition and it was better for me personally to choose a different route.

"The one I did choose was definitely more beneficial for me, so there is no sour grapes.

"To walk off the pitch at the end of the game with the three points would be nice, but I have no point to prove at all.

"That's going back three years now and things just didn't work out for me there, but I left on great terms."

Monaghan has played a big part in the Candystripes' rise to the top of the Premier Division and Derry City go into tonight's game hoping to extend their unbeaten run to six games, with their only defeat coming at neighbours Finn Harps on the opening night of the season.

"We want to win every game regardless of who we are playing and even more so when we're here at the Brandywell playing against the big teams," Monaghan explained.

"Three points would be brilliant. The boys are doing well and we want to continue the good run that we're on."

With Conor McCormack missing through suspension following his red card during the 1-1 draw at Dundalk last week, Monaghan could find himself with even more responsibility at the heart of City's midfield. It is a challenge he is looking forward to.

"I am here to play," he insisted. "The Finn Harps game is history now and I feel that I have cemented myself in the first team and I want to continue to do that.

"I want to earn my place in the team. I'm taking nothing for granted because there are good players on the bench who could easily play, but I'm loving being on the pitch right now and I'm growing in confidence with every game that comes."

Airtricity Premier League: Brandywell, 7.45pm

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