Prem
Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 25, 2019
Venue: The Brandywell
Att: 3,200 (est)

Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe 15' -
Scored: 15'


Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe 22' -
Scored: 22'


Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe 64' -
Scored: 64'


Grant Gillespie 79' -
Scored: 79'



League Preview: Derry City -v- Finn Harps

Fri, Oct 25 2019

DERRY CITY

Declan Devine’s Candystripes know that all they need is a point to secure Europa League qualification on Friday evening when they welcome Finn Harps to the Brandywell (kick-off is at 7.45pm).

Derry City fell to a bitterly disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to St Patrick’s Athletic last time out, a result that has left City boss Devine furious.

While Harps have the distraction of a promotion/relegation playoff final to cast their eye on, Devine insists that will have no bearing on the game this evening.    

“It’s a North West derby and they are never anything other than tough” he began.

“Harps came here in the League Cup with players missing and they proved a handful then, so we are preparing for exactly that- a tough game.”

“We let ourselves down on Tuesday night, but we have another chance on Friday and we have to approach it correctly.”

“This club, this group of players deserve European football for their efforts over the course of the season, but they have to earn it.”

“The boys know what they have to do, and this is their chance to do it.”

Derry have no injury issues to contend with ahead of the visit of Harps to the Brandywell, with Gerardo Bruna returning from injury.  

FINN HARPS

With the distraction of a playoff to look forward to, Finn Harps travel to Derry City knowing that they can put a real dent in the Candystripes Europa League hopes.

However, Ollie Horgan is expected to ring the changes ahead of the playoff first-leg on Monday evening.

Harps will face either Drogheda or Cabinteely away on Monday night before the home playoff second leg on Friday at Finn Park.  

That tie sits at one all ahead of the decider at United Park on Friday night where extratime.ie will have live commentary at United Park.  

“We’ll be trying to get something out of it even if Monday is the priority for us.  We have a lot of people carrying injuries and knocks and Friday will be too soon to risk them.  

“Some may not make any of the remaining three games.  Lads will get a chance tomorrow night in a hugely difficult game; our squad has a lot of players of a similar standard so that’s one thing in our favour.  

“We had a full team going in there before and got hammered, but we will make it as difficult as possible.”

In team news, Sam Todd is suspended as Ciaran Gallagher’s season is over after an injury on Monday.  

Mark Timlin is also rated as doubtful having pulled up against Waterford last time out.

Referee: Derek Tomney.

 

MATCH STATS

Finn Harps have only won one of their previous six games, with the recent win over Waterford sealing their place in the promotion/relegation playoff final against either Cabinteely or Drogheda United.  

The Candystripes have only failed to score against their Northwest rivals once this season, in the recent derby clash at Finn Park in July.

Ollie Horgan’s side have registered three clean sheets in their previous four league outings – with only Shamrock Rovers scoring against the Co. Donegal side.  

BETTING

Derry City 1/14; Draw 17/2; Finn Harps 22/1.

PREDICTION

Derry City 4 - 0 Finn Harps.

 

Derry City

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Finn Harps

Injured: Ciaran Gallagher.

Doubtful: Mark Timlin.

Suspended: Sam Todd.


Derry City
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Ally Gilchrist
Defender
Ciaran Coll
Defender
Eoin Toal
Defender
Ciaron Harkin
Midfielder
Grant Gillespie
79Scored: 79'
Midfielder
Jamie McDonagh
Midfielder
© Barry McNamee
Midfielder
Greg Sloggett
Midfielder
Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe
15Scored: 15'
22Scored: 22'
64Scored: 64'
Forward
David Parkhouse
Forward

Substitutes
Mark McChrystal
Defender
Darren McCauley
Midfield
Nathan Gartside
Goalkeeper
Adrian Delap
Midfield
Conor Davis
Forward
Gerardo Bruna
Unknown
Michael McCrudden
Forward
Finn Harps
Jamie Bell
Goalkeeper
Daniel O'Reilly
Defender
Niall Logue
Defender
Kieran Farren
Defender
Colm Deasy
Defender
Keith Cowan
Defender
Mikey Place
Midfielder
Tony McNamee
Midfielder
Stephen Doherty
Midfielder
Shaun Doherty
Midfielder
Liam Walsh
Forward

Substitutes
Niall McGinley
Midfield
Patrick McGarvey
Goalkeeper
Pat Loughrey
Defender
Daragh Elison
Defender
Mark Coyle
Midfield
Josh Smith
Unknown