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Derry and Crusaders to contest Setanta final

Updated: Saturday, 12 May 2012 19:13

Derry City manager Declan Devine
Derry City manager Declan Devine

Derry City and Crusaders meet in the Setanta Cup final in the Oval this afternoon.

Having already knocked out both Airticity Premier Division champions Shamrock Rovers and Carling Premiership holders Linfield, the Candystripes are favourites ahead of the meeting with Crues.

Both clubs have had a somewhat disappointing run of results coming into this game with Derry losing to St Patrick's Athletic at home last week, while Crusaders were beaten by Linfield in last weekend’s JJB Sports Cup final.

Derry City will welcome back Rory Patterson, Owen Morrison and Patrick McEleney for this game but will have to plan without Stewart Greacen (knee), Kevin Deery (knee) Mark Farren (Hamstring)

Derry City manager Declan Devine said: "It is the biggest day I have had so far as manager of Derry City Football Club and if I'm honest it’s a day I'm really looking forward to."

“Not only as this is my first final but to have it take place at the Oval where I have some good memories while playing for Glentoran makes it all the more special."

"The location also means that we should see a good travelling support there which will give the lads a boost on the pitch."

Crusaders knocked out Sligo Rovers in the semi-finals and will hope to end the season in style at the Oval.