The start of the of the season could not have gone any worse for Derry City and new Manager Kenny Shiels. They started the season with a derby game against the newly Promoted Finn Harps, it should have seemed like a great tie against your local rivals and a team that should be one of the favourites for relegation this season, but the game had to be played at Finn Harps because of construction work being done to the Brandywell Stadium and well things started to get tricky. The pitch was unplayable the ball would hardly bounce and for the referee to allow the game to be played is shocking, if any of the players had been seriously injured there would have had to be consequences. Derry ended up losing the game 2-1 and it wasn’t the start of the season Kenny Shiels was hoping for.
Fast forward to four games later and Derry have won four games in a row. After they lost to Finn Harps they beat one of the title favourites Cork City 1-0 at home, they then beat Bray Wanderers 3-0 away, beat Galway United 2-1 at home after being 1-0 down and finally beat Wexford Youths 2-1 away from home. Those results have put Derry City in second place with 12 points the same as Dundalk who are only top thanks to goal difference. One of Derry’s key players during their 4 match winning run has been Rory Patterson who has scored 4 goals in 5 games and looks as good a goalscorer as he was when he was last at Derry between 2012-2014.
A lot of good work went into the off season by Derry City and Kenny Shiels, they were able to bring in some great buys such as Danish Defender Niclas Vemmelund,
Former Barcelona Youth Player Cristian Delgado,
Rory Patterson and the return of Gareth McGlynn.
After their loss to Finn Harps the season has gone great for Derry so far, they look like they should be challenging for Europe this season but could they also be title contenders. This Friday Derry play Dundalk away and if they win that game they will be top of the table having beaten another title contender. Having only played 5 games of the season so far it is far too early to be calling this a massive game, but for who ever wins this game it could have a major say on where they finish come the end of the season.