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Cup final places up for grabs says Hutton


Derry City manager Peter Hutton

Derry City manager Peter Hutton

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Derry City manager Peter Hutton

Derry City manager Peter Hutton has invited fringe players at the Brandywell to prove themselves worthy of a cup final place, beginning with tonight's home game against Limerick.

The Candystripes will meet St. Patrick's Athletic in this season's FAI Cup final, a game which is just over three weeks away. In the meantime, City must play three final league games.

Those players who have not had much game time will get their chance in the next few weeks, with Hutton having no shortage of injury problems.

Ryan McBride, Aaron Barry, Barry McNamee, Philip Lowry and Rory Patterson are all struggling to be fit for tonight's game and Hutton has called on their replacements to seize their opportunity.

"They will certainly get their chance in the last few weeks of the season to stake their claim for a cup final spot," he said. "We have a number of injuries and one or two suspensions on the horizon so it's important that those who are given the baton run with it and take the opportunity.

"It's a squad game so when they are called upon to do the job they have to be ready mentally and physically. Some will be given their chance tomorrow night so it's important hey grasp it."

Shane McEleney, Sean Houston and Ryan Curran are three players who could benefit over the coming games, but despite the planned changes in personnel, Hutton wants City's disappointing league campaign to end on a high.

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"We want to build momentum heading into the cup final because that will do wonders for confidence," he said.

"Limerick have been hard to beat under Martin Russell and I'm sure they will still be smarting from the defeat down in Thomond when we beat them 4-0."

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