FAI Cup First Round

Blarney vs. Derry City

Kick off – 5pm

Kenny Shiels has described Derry City’s FAI cup tie with Blarney today as ‘a banana skin waiting to happen’.

The Candy Stripes are hoping to embark on another lengthy cup run after Monday’s victory over Sligo Rovers took them to this season’s EA Sports League Cup final.

Derry will play First Division Cobh Ramblers in the final next month after the Cork side shocked Dundalk in the other semi-final, and for Shiels, that result highlights the dangers of cup competition.

“We can’t take anything for granted,” he said. “It’s going to be a really, really hard game so we must make sure that we are ready for it.

“Blarney will be tough opponents. We don’t know a lot about them but they have won their league and they are a very good team. It will be very parochial and tribal and we have to be ready for them because they are a banana skin waiting to happen.”

City dug deep to defeat Sligo despite having seven players missing for the game and Shiels is now hoping that after several false starts of late lhs team can settle down and return to a winning run of form.

“Morale has been good,” he continued. “The boys have been positive and they are ready for the next game. I’ve heard really good reports about Blarney o the boys will need to be on their toes. It was good to have won against Sligo but I have memories of going into games as favourites but being turned over, and I’m sure everyone has memories like that. It’s a long journey and it will be a tough game but we will be ready for it.”

This will be the third time that City have faced Blarney in the FAI cup in just over a decade. In 2006 Stephen Kenny led Derry to a 3-1 win over the minnows, while Declan Devine’s Derry went one further defeating them 4-1 in 2013.

Defenders Gavin Peers, Jamie McDonagh and Darren Cole will be available after missing Monday’s cup tie due to suspension, but Nicky Low and Conor McDermott will be absent through injury.

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