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Classy Candystripes breeze past Blarney and into history books

Blarney United 2-12 Derry City

Kenny Shiels
Kenny Shiels

By Eoin Wilson

Kenny Shiels has his eyes on another cup final after Derry City began their FAI Cup campaign by breaking the club's goalscoring record at the weekend.

The Candystripes absolutely demolished Blarney United 12-2 at O'Shea Park in Cork, with Ally Roy scoring four times, Aaron McEneff, Ronan Hale and Shane McNamee each netting twice and Kevin McHattie and Cathal Farren also contributing their first goals for the club.

It is City's biggest victory since defeating Galway United 9-1 at the Brandywell back in 1989 and easily surpassed their record FAI Cup win, which was previously 7-0 against Rockmount in 1998.

"It was a very accomplished performance," Shiels agreed.

"We were aware of cup shocks the night before and made sure that we would go about things in a professional manner and I was really impressed with our display.

"Obviously our opponents were part-time, but still you have to beat them and beat what's in-front of you, but I have to say that we have good experience in our team and that helped. I was pleased with the contribution all the players made."

It has been quite the week for Shiels and his players, who also made it to the club's first League Cup final since 2011 by defeating Sligo Rovers, renewing hope that this still might be a successful season at the Brandywell.

"Our attitude was good," Shiels continued. "We spoke about Dundalk going to Cobh Ramblers and how Cobh played so well against them. We used comparisons and we talked about what can happen.

"But I have to say that the attitude was bang-on from the first whistle. I felt the way we played was exemplary, the attitude and the commitment was super, apart from that 40 second period when we conceded two goals."

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