Paul Corry believes Derry City have the resources, players and manager to "go to the next level" and massively challenge Shamrock Rovers over the next few seasons.

The Candystripes could still win the double this year after they beat Treaty United 2-1 on Sunday to make the FAI Cup final.

In the league Ruadhri Higgins' men are six points behind Shamrock Rovers with a game in hand - the two teams meet on 30 October at Tallaght Stadium - so the title so not gone yet.

It all bodes well for a club who are backed by self-made billionaire chairman Philip O'Doherty, who has been open about his desire to deliver silverware to the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.


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Speaking on the RTÉ Soccer Podcast, ex-UCD and Shamrock Rovers midfielder Corry said he sees no reason why they can't kick on further.

"There was probably a number of questions coming into the season about how quickly they'd be able to gel some of the players because they brought a number of new faces into the club and obviously Ruaidhri is quite early in his managerial career... how he was going to manage that whole situation.

"Since the turn of the break they've been flawless in their displays, their points tally and how they've progressed in the different competitions.

"Bar that slip in May where they dropped a number of points, the season has gone really well.

"I think what's been particularly important is bringing Patrick McEleney back in from the cold and being out injured. The same with Michael Duffy. They just bring so much experience to the squad.

"One, how to win games, but also so much quality in that final third. That really showed [against Treaty].

Derry were 2-0 up after 16 minutes thanks to goals from Jamie McGonigle and Brandon Kavanagh. The underdogs did nick one back, but it was pretty comfortable for Higgins' men, who can now look forward to the decider against Shelbourne at the Aviva Stadium in November.

"I worried for Treaty after 15, 20 minutes when Derry went 2-0 up," Corry added.

"To be fair to Tommy Barrett's side they held in there and pulled one back through Enda Curran, but by and large Derry had 90% of the play, they should have scored far more goals and put the game to bed early, but they did enough on the day to get to the final.

"If they could bag an FAI Cup this year, then add to the squad, they are going to be a serious threat to Shamrock Rovers. They have the resources, they have the players, and in Ruaidhri Higgins they certainly have the manager to go that next level.

"Derry are bang in form. They're going to be a difficult team to stop in the Aviva on that wide pitch... they're a serious team going forward."

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