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Setback for the Candystripes as McDonagh is hit with another ban

On sidelines: Jamie McDonagh
On sidelines: Jamie McDonagh

By Eoin Wilson

Derry City's Jamie McDonagh will miss tonight's game against UCD as he serves yet another suspension.

McDonagh, who just returned from suspension last week after missing four games due to a red card against Shamrock Rovers, picked up a second yellow in the tunnel in the aftermath of a bad-tempered derby with Finn Harps and has received another ban as a result.

While that is bad news for McDonagh and manager Declan Devine, there is some good news for the Candystripes in that defender Ciaran Coll could return a lot sooner than expected.

There were genuine fears that Coll would be out for some time after the horror tackle by Colm Deasy during last week's game at Harps, which left the 27-year-old needing to be taken away by an ambulance.

Initial fears of a leg break were quickly ruled out, but the significant swelling around his right ankle meant that the club had to wait for a proper assessment.

But Coll has received treatment this week and Devine revealed the good news, insisting he could well make his return by Monday's game at St Patrick's Athletic.

Tonight will be Devine's 100th game as manager of Derry City and he goes into it hoping for a fourth successive win in all competitions.

"UCD are a good side. They play with no fear," he explained.

"If they can hurt you and cause problems then they will do that but they won't change their style for anybody. They have players we have to show respect to.

"It's a game where whoever plays well on the night, whoever does their jobs to their best capabilities, will leave with the three points. Waterford went there at the weekend and lost heavily but having watched the game back there wasn't a lot in it."

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