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Shiels wary of Harps' threat as Candystripes eye derby retribution

 

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City will be out for revenge against Finn Harps when they meet in tonight's derby game in Ballybofey.

The Candystripes fell to a 2-0 defeat the last time the sides met back in April and boss Kenny Shiels believes his men will be up against it this evening.

"Finn Harps are pushing for a European place, nobody can argue with that, because you never know fourth place can sometimes get Europe, which Shamrock Rovers profited from, and Finn Harps aren't a kick away from that," he insisted.

"I'm concerned about the strength and experience in their squad - it's quite literally going to be men against boys, but we'll go there and perform."

City will be without the suspended Aaron Barry, who was red carded at Bohemians on Friday night, while Harry Monaghan is also missing.

Harps boss Ollie Horgan is hoping that his side can secure a third successive win after defeating Drogheda United and Bohemians, but he knows it won't be easy. "You can't forget that Derry, the last time they were here, beat us 5-0," he said. "If they are at their best it's going to be very difficult for us to get anything from the game. Derry had a good win over Bohs on Friday night and are well on their way to qualifying for European football again."

Finn Harps

Derry City

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Finn Park, tonight, 8.00pm

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