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Shiels not afraid of Dundalk as Derry aim to grab final spot

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City will be hoping to reach their third FAI Cup final in five years on Sunday as they make the trip to high flying Dundalk for a huge semi-final clash.

Following the disappointment of throwing away a two goal lead against Shamrock Rovers in the race for Europe on Tuesday night, Kenny Shiels' men will have to regroup and refocus if they are to reach the Aviva Stadium showpiece.

Despite failing to beat Dundalk in the three previous matches they have met this season, Shiels is adamant that his side can defy the odds this weekend and reach the final.

"We are certainly playing well enough', said the City manager.

"If we continue to play the way we are playing, those fine lines between winning and not winning will go in our favour. Sometimes things can go against you in that regard, but we've shown good character to help provide us with a good, positive approach to this game."

Dundalk will go into the game in high spirits as their magnificent Europa League run continued with a terrific win over Macabbi Tel Aviv on Thursday night, and despite a 3-1 defeat against the champions last weekend, the Candystripes boss believes his players have what it takes to pick up what would be a massive victory.

"To come up against a side like Dundalk is a huge challenge for us, and the learning that is going on inside those challenges is great, and we are confident that we can go there and win", he insisted. "The last time we did okay; we could have done better, and we will be looking at those areas in which we could have done better."

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