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Candystripes won't be fooled by Blarney, insists Shiels

 

By Eoin Wilson

Kenny Shiels has described Derry City's FAI Cup tie with Blarney at O'Shea Park today (5pm) as "a banana skin waiting to happen".

The Candystripes are hoping to embark on another lengthy cup run after Monday's victory over Sligo Rovers took them to this season's EA Sports League Cup final.

Derry will play First Division side Cobh Ramblers in the final next month after the Cork side shocked Dundalk in the other semi-final, and for Shiels, that result highlights the dangers of cup competition.

"We can't take anything for granted," he said.

"Blarney will be tough opponents. They have won their league and are a very good team. It will be very parochial and tribal and we have to be ready for them because they are a banana skin waiting to happen."

City dug deep to defeat Sligo despite having seven players missing and Shiels is now hoping that, after several false starts of late, his team can settle down and return to a winning run.

"Morale has been good," he continued. "The boys have been positive. It's a long journey and it will be a tough game."

This will be the third time that City have faced Blarney in the FAI Cup in just over a decade. In 2006, Stephen Kenny led Derry to a 3-1 win over the minnows, while Declan Devine's City side defeated them 4-1 in 2013.

Defenders Gavin Peers, Jamie McDonagh and Darren Cole will be available after missing Monday's cup tie due to suspension, but Nicky Low and Conor McDermott will be absent through injury.

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