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Final mission: Derry City keeper Ger Doherty is relishing his shot at FAI Cup glory

Final mission: Derry City keeper Ger Doherty is relishing his shot at FAI Cup glory

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Final mission: Derry City keeper Ger Doherty is relishing his shot at FAI Cup glory

Derry City have had no joy in their battles with St. Patrick's Athletic throughout the whole of the 2014 season, but Gerard Doherty insists that can all change in Sunday's FAI Cup Final.

In three games against the Inchicore side this season, City have emerged with one draw and two defeats, one of which was a damaging 5-2 mauling in Dublin in May.

But having given Liam Buckley's side more of a game at the Brandywell in August, goalkeeper Doherty believes that Derry can defy the odds this weekend to pick up their second FAI Cup win in three seasons.

"We all know what we're going to get from St. Pat's, but it's all on the day," he said. "I think if you go back to the game at the Brandywell we performed really well even though we were on the wrong end of the scoreline.

"We did well against them and we maybe could have got something from the game. That's what cup football is all about.

"If you look at our results over the past couple of months, you could see why we're in the final, because we focused so much on the cup, while we weren't going to do anything in the league.

"I think we're a decent cup team because on our day we can beat anyone in this league.

"Maybe that's where we fell short this year; inconsistency in the league, but it's one game at a time in the cup, and there's no better match to win than the final."

Doherty is also urging as many people as possible to come to the Aviva Stadium this Sunday, even if they are jumping on the famous Derry City bandwagon.

Thousands of fans are expected to make the journey to cheer on the team in red and white and Doherty is not bothered if it is their first Derry City game or 1,000th.

"I suppose everyone is slagging their mates for not going to the Brandywell and going to a couple of cup finals, but that's exactly what we want," he laughed.

"We want to give people the opportunities to jump onto the bandwagon and get themselves to the Aviva. The more the merrier."

Meanwhile, City captain Barry Molloy believes overcoming St Patrick's Athletic would be his finest moment with the club.

The skipper feels that the Dubliners, who have the league's top scorer in Christy Fagan along with young star Chris Forrester and ex-Republic of Ireland international Keith Fahey in their side, are a top quality team.

"To be honest if we can beat this St Pat's team it will be the best achievement that I have been involved in, because this is probably the strongest ever St Pat's team we have played," he insisted.

"However in saying that we are capable of beating anyone on our day.

"Individually and collectively I think we are a top team and at times we can be a match for anyone."

Molloy, who is in his testimonial year with his home town club, has played his part in the previous finals against the Saints in 2006 and 2012 and he's hoping to savour a similar outcome at the Aviva this Sunday.

"We have had good victories over them in the last two finals and they have been two great finals and our objective is to get three victories over them on Sunday," added Molloy.

"All we can think about is victory, we can't think about losing the game because it isn't an option."

The 30-year-old is hoping their late goals from Philip Lowry and Rory Patterson against Drogheda United and Shamrock Rovers respectively in the past two rounds will be a good sign for the Candystripes.

"Even the Drogheda game away in the quarter-final when we were playing against nine men and we couldn't break them down, we tried and tried and never gave up and got a scrappy decisive goal in the end through Philip Lowry," he recalled.

"I personally think that goal from Philip was massive for us. People can look at the Shamrock Rovers game at Tallaght when Rory (Patterson) equalised late on, but I would look at Philip's goal at Drogheda.

"I feel that goal was a really massive turning point in our season and we have to look at all these sort of omens and look to bring them into the cup final.

"We know that if we do go a goal behind then we know that we are capable of bringing it back and taking it from there."

Belfast Telegraph