Derry City vs. Limerick

Tonight, Brandywell


Dean Shiels will have to wait another week to make his Derry City debut after it emerged that he still has a one-game suspension to serve from his time in Scotland.

Hopes were high that Shiels would make his debut this evening against Limerick, especially with the Candy Stripes struggling for numbers in recent weeks, but the FAI have upheld the suspension ruling the forward out of the fixture.

Shiels was red carded against Falkirk in January at the end of a controversial fixture in which he suffered abuse from the fans and Bairns players Joe McKee and Kevin O’Hara, who taunted him over the loss of an eye. Shiels received two games for his late dismissal but served only one and the FAI have now decided that the one remaining fixture must be served.

It is yet more bad news for City boss Kenny Shiels who has had endured a frustrating few weeks at the club with a number of players leaving, leaving him short-handed.

“Dean received two games when he was racially abused and he retaliated,” he explained. “One of them has been served and they wouldn’t suspend him for a league game now because it happened in the Ramsden Cup, but the FAI are suspending him which is very strange. It’s a massive blow to us. He has been doing well and he has helped the team as much but it is difficult.”

Adding to Shiels’ frustration is the delay in registering both Ally Roy and Aaron Splaine as Derry City players. It was expected that both players, who featured for Derry in a friendly win at Cliftonville earlier this week, would feature against Limerick but it now appears as if neither will be available.

It is not all bad news for Shiels however, as former Exeter defender Danny Seaborne is set to go straight into the team to face Limerick tonight. With full back Jack Doyle leaving last week to return to Blackburn Rovers, the availability of Seaborne is a welcome relief for Shiels.

Canadian Ben Fisk, who impressed in the defeat to Shamrock Rovers last week, is also in line for his Brandywell debut as Derry attempt to get back to winning ways after a torrid run of results. Since the beginning of May City have lost eight from eleven league games, and anything other than a win over struggling Limerick this evening would be seen as extremely disappointing.

“We must try to get back to winning ways and be more assertive,” Shiels said. “We didn’t have a team out last week and everyone that knows the game can see that but we’ll tale the slaughtering when they come and we’ll take the praise when we merit that, so hopefully we can get some positivity about the club.”

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