- Saturday August 19th, 2023 @ 15:11
Match Preview: Derry Vs Saints (20/08/23)
The Saints will look to continue their FAI Cup journey on Sunday when they head north for a difficult tie against reigning cup champions Derry City.
Kick-off on Sunday is at 5pm in the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.
The away allocation has totally sold out for this game days in advance, so a strong crowd is expected to be in attendance in Derry.
The match will be available to watch on LOITV for those unable to attain a ticket for the game.
St Pat's are fresh off the back of a 0-0 Dublin derby draw last Friday against rivals Bohemians. Despite the scoreless draw, it was an exciting game for neutrals both at the sell-out Richmond Park and those at home watching as the match was broadcast live on RTE2.
Jon Daly's men qualified for this Sunday's game in the FAI Cup after a 2-1 away win against Longford Town in the first round in July. Adam Murphy opened the scoring on the 63-minute mark, before Chris Forrester got a second from the penalty spot 16 minutes later.
The Saints have won one, drawn one and lost one of their three league encounters against Derry City this season.
The last time out was 4-1 win in Richmond Park on June 5th. Jay McGrath opened the scoring in the 36th minute with a thumping low effort to put his side 1-0 up at half-time. Eoin Doyle got a second before Chris Forrester and Mark Doyle added their names to the scoresheet.
The other two games finished in a 2-0 loss in the Brandywell in April and a 1-1 draw in Richmond in February, with club captain Joe Redmond getting an 89th minute equaliser for his side in the latter.
Derry beat Athlone Town 3-0 in the first-round of the cup last month to secure their place in this round.
St Pat's last win against Derry in the FAI Cup was in the final in 2014. Christy Fagan scored twice at the Aviva Stadium to end the club's 53-year wait for the trophy.
JON DALY: "You need to beat the best to win cups"
Manager Jon Daly has overseen an impressive run of domestic form that has led the Saints to being just four points off top spot in the league. Daly is also excited at the prospect of an FAI Cup run but knows how difficult a test that Sunday's opposition will offer:
"It's a game we're really looking forward to. The players are all excited for it. If you're being honest, when the draw was done, all the clubs in the Premier Division were hoping to avoid each other but if you're going to go and do something special and win cups then you need to beat the best teams in the competition at some stage.
Now that we've got (Derry), we're looking forward to it. It's going to be a big game with a good crowd. We've sold out our away end once again which is fantastic. Supporting the team in those numbers is great so we'll be hoping to give the fans something to cheer about and to celebrate.
We want to go as far as we possibly can in the competition, we want to be in the hat. We're confident going into the game. I watched Derry in Europe the other day and they were very good.
I was disappointed for them because it would've been fantastic to have a club from the league in the play-off round. They won the cup last year, so they know how important it is. They have a fantastic squad, so we need to make sure we play our game and start at a high tempo."
LYNESS: "It's a massive game for us"
With 8 clean sheets in 22 league appearances this season, goalkeeper Dean Lyness has been pivotal to the Saints uptick in form in recent months, having joined the side earlier this year from Airdrieonians.
With some crucial saves in big moments this season, Lyness will be hoping to keep up his strong record to get his side into an FAI Cup quarter-final:
"It's a massive game for us, it's one we're looking forward to. It's the chance to get into a quarter-final so we must embrace that.
We know how difficult it's going to be going up there. We know they're coming into the game off the back of a disappointment in Europe, it would've been great to see them go through for the sake of the league. We'll be going up there trying to make it a bit more of a disappointing week for them.
Hopefully, come Sunday evening, we can be in the hat for the next round."
Tom Grivosti (knee) and Axel Sjoberg (hamstring) will miss the game while Jamie Lennon and Jake Mulraney are being assessed after missing last week's game.
Away tickets are completely sold out.
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