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Barry McNamee will boost Derry City's return to form

Derry City are determined to complete what has been a good week off the pitch for the club with a win on it at Drogheda United.

After two consecutive league defeats, City are desperate to get back on track in the title race and they go into this evening's game on the back of a double boost for midfielder Barry McNamee.

The 21-year-old was this week announced as the Airtricity Soccer Writer's Association of Ireland Player of the Month for his outstanding performances and run of three goals in three games in April.

The Ramelton youngster then became the only uncapped player to be selected in Noel King's Republic of Ireland under-21 squad for a friendly in Denmark later this month.

McNamee, who also scored in the defeat to UCD last week, has been one of the stars at the Brandywell this season and manager Declan Devine is thrilled with the recognition.

"It just goes to show the progress that Barry is making," he said.

"He is a terrific talent and I think that he would be the first to admit that his recent success is down to the whole club, down to the rest of his team mates and the coaches who have worked with him in the reserves and the first-team.

"Barry actually beat Gerard Doherty by a point in the voting for Player of the Month and that goes to show what we have here with two players competing for that award.

"We also have two men amongst the top three scorers in the league and we have players winning the Goal of the Month competition.

"There's a lot of positivity at the club at the minute and we're hoping to get back on track against Drogheda."

Less than two weeks ago, City were top of the league, but back-to-back defeats, which also brought two red cards and seven goals conceded, has seen Devine's team slip to third, behind Sligo Rovers and St. Patrick's Athletic.

Belfast Telegraph