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Boss Devine is calling on Derry to go into break on a high note

Declan Devine
Declan Devine

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City are hoping to put on a better showing at Tallaght this time around when they meet Shamrock Rovers this evening.

Back in February, the Candystripes lost 2-0 in Dublin on a night when little went right for Declan Devine's new-look Derry team.

Since that defeat, Devine's men have established themselves in the league and are currently hot on the trail of Bohemians in third place.

Tonight's game is City's final competitive fixture for three weeks, and for Devine that makes it more important that his team pick up points.

"This is a game we have got to embrace, this is a game we have to get something from," said Devine. "Shamrock Rovers are the only team in the country we haven't taken points off. It's a very tough ask going to Tallaght because I think Bohemians are the only team to win there this year. It's a game we're looking forward to."

City head to Tallaght boosted by the news that former Coleraine and Inverness midfielder Darren McCauley has joined the club on an 18-month deal.

Devine was keen to sign the Derry man back in January but McCauley opted for Scotland only to return home this week for his second spell at his hometown club.

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"He was certainly head of the list when we came up with names in January and I'm delighted we've finally got him here," Devine said.

"He's a player I have a lot of respect for and a player who I feel will really enhance the first-team squad.

"Darren is a very good professional, he is a good boy at a good age and has gained a lot of experience. He's a fantastic athlete and he has proven he can score goals and if he brings those to the club then we'll be in a very good place."

Meanwhile, City have announced that they will face Paddy McLaughlin's Cliftonville side in a friendly game at the Brandywell next Friday night, June 14, at 7pm.

• Dungannon Swifts have completed the signing of Ards goalkeeper Sam Johnston on a three-year contract.

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