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Derry City aim to maintain their unbeaten form over UCD

Updated: Friday, 21 Sep 2012 10:32

Derry boss Declan Devine: 'I feel that we have the confidence now to finish out the season on a high.'
Derry boss Declan Devine: 'I feel that we have the confidence now to finish out the season on a high.'

Derry City will look to maintain their impressive record over UCD when the two sides meet at the Brandywell this evening, kick-off 7.45pm.

The sides have already faced each other three times and the Foylesiders are unbeaten having recorded a draw and a win in the league and a win in the FAI Ford Cup.

Last week’s 7-1 win over Mervue United was Derry’s second highest win in the Brandywell, while Mark Farren’s hat-trick saw him break Liam Coyle’s all-time Derry City scoring record and set a new mark of 113.

The Candystripes go into this game without the services of both Simon Madden and Ryan McBride who are suspended.

Owen Morrison, Ruaidhri Higgins, Stewart Greacen and Conor Murphy all return to the City squad.

UCD strikers Cillian Morrison (ankle) and Graham Rusk (shin) and midfielder Chris Mulhall (groin) hope to return to action soon while goalkeeper John Kelly may need surgery on his groin injury and is unlikely to play any further part this season.

Centre back David O’Connor (hamstring) returns, while defender/midfielder Mark Langtry is also back in the squad after a couple of months abroad on work placement.

City boss Declan Devine said: "Over the last number of season we have had very tight games with UCD and I expect this to be no different. They have been in good form of late and that form has seen them open a gap on Dundalk at the bottom.

“Martin (Russell), as always, will have them playing the game at a very high standard and with flair not often seen in this league but I feel that we have the confidence now to finish out the season on a high.”

UCD boss Russell said: “We are looking to continue our run of recent victories but we know Derry will be full of confidence after their superb win against Mervue in the cup last week and that will keep their season very much alive.

“The Brandywell is a formidable place to go but also a place where the fans appreciate good football and hopefully we can come away with the three points on the night.”

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