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We're as good as anyone in the league on our day, vows Devine

Shamrock Rovers 2 Derry City 2

More to come: Derry City manager Declan Devine
More to come: Derry City manager Declan Devine

By Eoin Wilson

Declan Devine believes that Derry City are a match for anyone in the Airtricity Premier Division after watching his team come from 2-0 down to take a point from Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght on Saturday night.

The Candystripes' manager has watched his team fight back in big games recently; recovering a two goal deficit to draw with Dundalk at Oriel Park before coming from behind to defeat Finn harps in the EA Sports Cup.

But this particular result gave the City boss great satisfaction, as it prevented Rovers from inflicting a third successive defeat on Derry this season.

Two goals in two minutes from Trevor Clarke and Jack Byrne early in the second half put Rovers in cruise control, but Ciaran Coll pulled one back immediately before Junior Ogedi bundled home a late equaliser.

"It says that we have character and guts and belief and determination," Devine explained. "Whenever we play at the levels that we're capable of, we're a match for anybody in this league. Shamrock Rovers are a fantastic side and they could have been out of sight at one stage, but we were able to hang in there."

City are now without a game until June 28, which made this game especially important for Devine who greatly desired his team to take something from the fixture heading into the extended break.

City will be in friendly action this Friday when Paddy McLaughlin brings Cliftonville to the Brandywell, a game in which City fans will get their first glimpses of Darren McCauley, who signed an 18-month deal with his home town team at the weekend.

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