“SOMETHING WILL HAVE TO GIVE”

Dano Kelly celebrates against Cork City - A Baldiemann

DERRY CITY v BOHEMIANS
IRISH DAILY MAIL QUARTER-FINAL
Wednesday September 19, The Brandywell, 7.45pm

Two teams full of confidence come face to face when Derry City host Bohemians in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup quarter-final tomorrow.

On Friday, Bohs made it seven wins in all competitions for the first time in ten years with the most impressive result of the lot – a comprehensive 4-2 victory at Dalymount Park derailing Cork City’s bid to retain their league title.

On Sunday, tomorrow’s hosts collected the first major silverware of the domestic season when they dispatched Cobh Ramblers 3-1 at The Brandywell to lift the EA Sports Cup.

Bohs’ recent run of form included a confident 2-0 win when these sides last met at the Brandywell on August 31, which ended a run of 10 defeats in a row against Kenny Shiels’ side.

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But Bohs manager Keith Long is not one to look back or allow his side to pat themselves on the back for recent results.

He said: ”Our league win up there a few weeks ago will have no bearing on this game. We’re obviously on a good run but Derry will be on a high after winning the EA Sports Cup on Sunday too.

“There is a lot at stake for both clubs, it’s a huge game. But we are looking forward to it.

“We’re going into the game focused and having prepared professionally. It’s two teams coming into the game feeling they can win it. Something will have to give.”

This is the third round running where Bohs have had to travel away from home.

They enjoyed bumper support in the previous rounds when they got the better of First Division sides Wexford and Galway United 7-0 and 2-0 respectively.

With the Gypsies faithful lapping up recent results, Long is hoping for another strong presence in The Brandywell’s away section, despite the inconvenient scheduling of this fixture.

Long added: “It’s unfortunate it’s on a Wednesday but we think we’ll have good support behind us going up there.

“We’ve always had good support but even more so in recent months.

“The lads got a standing ovation against Cork at half-time on Friday, never mind full-time. That means a lot to them and it’s fantastic for their confidence.

“Derry are at home and will have a huge crowd behind them but we know we can count on our travelling support to be behind us all the way.”

TEAM NEWS

Ryan Masterson (quad), Danny Grant (bug) and Darragh Leahy (groin) remain doubts. Cristian Magerusan (hamstring) and Ryan Swan (cruciate) are ruled out once more.

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