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Candystripes are determined to end their wait for trophy glory

 

By Eoin Wilson

Dherry City continue their quest for their first trophy since 2012 when they meet Shelbourne at the Brandywell in the EA Sports League Cup quarter-finals this evening (5pm).

City have not reached the final of the competition since 2011, when they beat Cork City 1-0 at Turner's Cross, and manager Kenny Shiels is hoping that he can take his team to their first piece of silverware under his charge.

"Every competition is serious and because we're a developing team, we're looking to go for a trophy," he said.

"To go for a league title is a big ask for a club like us at the moment but we're trying to get there. We just have to try and be ready for every game and that's what we want to do and we would like a crowd to come along to help us."

City fans have waited almost five years to renew rivalries with Shelbourne and Kenny Shiels is determined not to leave them disappointed.

"It's going to be tough because they are a team with loads of experience," he explained. "I know the players and I know their style of play.

"They are all quality players. Shelbourne have a way of playing and we have got to try and stop them doing what they do well."

Meanwhile, City defender Gavin Peers believes that a League Cup success this season could take the youngsters at the club to a new level.

In 2010, the defender won his first and only League Cup with Sligo Rovers, but he believes it was that first piece of silverware which gave him and his team mates the desire to go on and win even more, which he did, winning the Premier Division title in 2012, three FAI Cups between 2010-2013 and the Setanta Cup in 2012.

"You want to go on and win as many trophies as you can," he said. "This is a good trophy to go and win. It's the first trophy I ever won and I kicked on and won them all so I'll be telling the lads and getting them up for it because we want to go on and win this one."

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