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Derry City v Mervue United

Updated: Thursday, 13 Sep 2012 20:52

Declan Devine's side are overwhelming favourites to reach the last four
Declan Devine's side are overwhelming favourites to reach the last four

Derry City meet the remaining First Division side in the FAI Cup on Friday night when Mervue United make the trip to the Brandywell.

The Galway side are struggling at the wrong end of the second tier of the League of Ireland but shocked Waterford United with a 4-0 win at the RSC in the last round.

The face a much harder task in the quarter-finals but given it is the first time they have reached this stage, they have little to lose against the Premier Division outfit.

Gary Kelly serves a one-game ban while left-back Marc Ludden is unavailable.

Captain Mike Elwood is available despite being sent off in last week's league defeat to Limerick as the ban will be served in the next league game.

Martin Conneely could return to the side having appeared as a second half substitute last week after being sidelined for over a month with a foot injury, while both Jason Molloy and Noel Varley will return.

Mervue boss Johnny Glynn Glynn is excited about the prospect of testing themselves at such a high level: “We are looking forward to the challenge against a formidable Derry outfit, who I watched against Drogheda early this week.

“They are playing against better teams each week in the Premier Division which is a big difference but it gives our lads a chance to play at that higher level.

“None of our lads have played in a cup quarter-final before and it will be a big occasion for them but we will give it a good shot and you never know in the cup.”

The Candystripes have lost their last three matches and will be without the services of Rory Patterson and Owen Morrison who are on the long-term injury list.

Ruaidhri Higgins (Deadleg) and Stephen McLaughlin (groin) are major doubts while Stewart Greacen is suspended.

Derry manager Declan Devine said. “Under no circumstances will we be taking them for granted, Johnny has a young side who are very talented and with the pace to get in behind any side in this league."

“From our point of view we know that our home form hasn't been good this season but we need to put that behind us before Friday, if we put Mervue under pressure early we should get a foothold in the tie that should see us through.

“We know that the motivation has to be the same as any game although the prize for winning this is a place in the semi-final of the FAI Ford Cup.”

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