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McEneff out to maintain proud record before homecoming



Derry City boss Kenny Shiels

Derry City boss Kenny Shiels

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Derry City boss Kenny Shiels

Derry City's return to the Brandywell is just around the corner but first they must make the trip to Dublin to face Shamrock Rovers this evening.

The Candystripes will face Limerick at their redeveloped home ground on Monday, and will hope to do so on the back of another win at Tallaght.

Kenny Shiels has masterminded five wins and one draw in six games against Rovers as Derry boss, and following last week's win over Bohemians, they are keen to get another three points.

Like Shiels, midfielder Aaron McEneff has never experienced defeat to Rovers and he is hoping to maintain that record tonight.

"We expected a tough start when we found out that the Brandywell wouldn't be ready, and having so many away games in a row isn't easy," he said. "The conditions in Waterford were awful and the game probably shouldn't have been played, but both teams had to play on it and we came out with no points. In Sligo we didn't really perform so we didn't get anything from that.

"But we got the three points at the Bohs and hopefully we can kick on from that and get another three points against Rovers."

McEneff has fond memories of Tallaght from last season with Derry picking up two victories there, and the midfielder himself opened the scoring in a memorable encounter last August.

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"They are a massive club and have a massive fan base," he said. "I love going down there because it's always a big game and those are the types of matches you want to play in. Every time I've played with Derry in Tallaght we've won so I'll be going down with that mindset and wanting to win again."

McEneff is looking forward to Derry's debut at the new Brandywell on Monday. After a year away, the players can't wait to return home and they are relishing the new artificial surface.

"We played a friendly there on Saturday and trained on it on Monday," he said. "It's going to take a while to bed the surface in, so it's a matter of getting used to it.

"I don't mind playing on a 3G pitch because you can get the ball down, pass it and you don't have to worry about taking a bobble off a bad bit of grass. I'm looking forward to playing a game there to see how it fares."

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