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Derry City eye early 15 minutes of fame

Derry City have their eyes on top spot in the Premier Division table.

And victory at the Brandywell tonight over Dundalk (7.45pm) will take them to the summit — albeit for possibly only 15 minutes.

Leaders Sligo Rovers don’t play St Patrick’s Athletic until tomorrow evening while second place Shamrock Rovers, just a point ahead of Derry in third, kick off against Bray at 8pm.

Derry go into the game on the back of a three-match winning streak — including the thrilling win over Rovers at the Brandywell a couple of weeks ago — and the chance to top the table, even for a few minutes, is spurring them on.

“Three wins in a row have given the whole squad a great lift,” said manager Stephen Kenny. “So we go into this game full of optimism.

“Knowing that we can go top of the league, if even only for a short period, gives us that extra incentive.

“You have still to respect Dundalk, who have a lot of good attacking players with real pace.They can hurt you and I am expecting an open sort of game with chances at both ends.

“But we are on a good, unbeaten run and we intend to keep that going as long as we possibly can.”

Skipper Kevin Deery is hoping to make his comeback but there is a doubt over the fitness of centre half Shane McEleney.

Belfast Telegraph