After winning their 11th League Cup honour in front of a packed home crowd, the Candystripes welcome Bohemians to the Brandywell for the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup quarter-final.
Cobh Ramblers Chris Hull equalized after Ronan Hale opened the scoring during Sunday’s final, however second-half goals from Darren Cole and Aaron McEneff led Derry to glory.
The Foylesiders must now turn their attention to the FAI Cup for a meeting with a revitalised Bohemians.
Bohs have been in resurgent form of late emerging victorious in their last 3 league games and Derry City manager Kenny Shiels has credited their recent run heading into the game:
“They are the in-form team in the country at the minute,” Shiels told the club’s website derrycityfc.net ahead of tonight’s game.
“They will travel full of confidence after winning here recently and Friday night’s excellent performance against Cork.”
Derry had won 10 matches out of 10 under Shiels against Bohemians prior to their last meeting.
“They have a fantastic set-up and a great youth structure and are very much favourites to go through.
“That said, we’ll be well up for the game and hopefully a lot of those who were here on Sunday will be back to lift us for what is another huge game.”
Derry will be looking to avenge their defeat to Bohs in the league over a fortnight ago after they were comprehensively beaten 2-0 and Shiels insists they must perform better this time around:
“If they play the way they played the last time and we play the way we did then the result is a foregone conclusion.”The Candystripes have no suspensions heading into this one but Conor McDermott is still recovering from a hip injury after having successful surgery.
Meanwhile, it’s not yet known whether Nicky Low will feature with the Scot having returned on Sunday as a second-half substitute.