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Derry & Drogheda battle in cup semi-final

Updated: Monday, 05 Aug 2013 13:56 | Comments

Holders Drogheda United head to the Brandywell looking to book a place in this year's final
Holders Drogheda United head to the Brandywell looking to book a place in this year's final

Derry City host holders Drogheda United in the first of the EA SPORTS Cup semi-finals at the Brandywell Stadium tonight, kick-off 7:45pm.

The Candystripes will be looking to bounce back from Friday night's disappointing defeat to Sligo Rovers in the league.

And manager Declan Devine is delighted to have a chance to get back to winning ways so soon after the league defeat.

Devine said: "Thankfully we have a chance to put that behind us and get back to winning ways straight away.

"This cup is very special for us at the club and we have a great chance of reaching another cup final, but we know that Drogheda will come here in good spirits after their result against St Pats on Friday night.

Devine must plan without Stewart Greacen who is struggling with a knee problem, however, Thomas Crawley is expected to take some part in the game after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Drogheda will be without Gary O’Neill and Graham Rusk who are both injured.

United assistant manager Robbie Horgan said: “To come away with a point against the league leaders proves that we’re equal to any team on our day and the result has buoyed us up for tonight’s game.

"We’ve played Derry four times already this season across all competitions and they’ve only beaten us once, thanks to an 86-minute goal. So we don’t fear them although we do respect them.”

The winners will meet either Shamrock Rovers or Sligo Rovers in the final on 21 September.

Elsewhere, the final game in the Second Round of the FAI Ford Cup will take place at Turner’s Cross where managerless Cork City will face Kilbarrack United at 5pm for the right to play meet the 2010 and 2011 winners Sligo Rovers in the Third Round at the Showgrounds.

Stuart Ashton has taken over the role of caretaker first team manager on a week to week basis.

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