It’s now or never for Derry with the matches dwindling away to make a charge towards winning the league.
Derry rued refereeing decisions in Sligo and may well have had a case. Regardless they were flat on the night in The Showgrounds with the home draw with Shamrock Rovers and the disappointment that came with it possibly a factor.
Ruaidhri Higgins will be determined to at least see his side take it to the final couple of games as a UCD side now relegated head north.
It’s a second meeting in three weeks of Derry City and UCD.
College have not enjoyed the fixture with 14 goals conceded in the three games including five last time out.
However they can bring the confidence of a clean sheet against Shamrock Rovers into this one.
Ruaidhri Higgins has warned his side against complacency. “UCD have taken points off Bohs, Dundalk and Shelbourne among others this season as well so they’ve shown they’re well capable.
“From our perspective we have to go into this game looking to improve on our performance from Friday night in Sligo.
“Considering our form over the last couple of months you’d have to say that was a one-off; so we need to get back playing at the levels we were at previously.
“There’s plenty of football to be played between now and the end of the season but we can’t concern ourselves with other fixtures, or look beyond a UCD side who will be coming here full of confidence after their latest performance.”
Ronan Boyce is suspended after his red card in Sligo but Shane McEleney is back from his ban.
Mark Connolly picked up an ankle injury and is a doubt for this weekend.