Derry City manager Ruaidhrí Higgins has warned his players not to take the First Division Men Treaty United for granted in the Extra.ie FAI Cup semi-finals this afternoon.
Although the Candystripes are all-time favorites in this clash, which takes place in front of RTE cameras at the packed Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium, Higgins isn’t taking anything for granted.
“It’s a huge game and we can’t wait to be there,” he says.
“We’re expected to progress, but if you look at how the Treaty season has gone, it’s similar to ours.
“They had a bad May, early June, but after that they were pretty consistent. They’ve had some really good results along the way.
“They won Turner’s Cross, which is extremely difficult. They beat UCD. Those are two that spring to mind, so far from being cups.”
Higgins wants his players to show the same determination and professionalism they showed against Oliver Bond Celtic and Cork City, who they easily defeated earlier in the competition.
“If we take them lightly, we’ll end up embarrassed,” he adds.
“If you look at our cup run, our first game was against Oliver Bond and I thought the attitude of the players that day was exemplary. So I can’t imagine people from Derry cheering for their team in front of a full house in the semi-finals of the cup, that it will be different.
“Since I know the older players in the dressing room, I know that we will go into this game with full concentration. It would be foolish not to. It’s the biggest game in a long time.”
The City boss has also told his players that they need to give their all and may need to be patient.
“We have to be patient and try to break through a stubborn defense,” he says. “We will definitely have to fight to get to the final.”
The Foylesiders are without midfielder Will Patching, who is suspended, but captain Patrick McEleney, who was on the bench against Finn Harps last Friday night, has recovered from a minor groin problem.
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/derry-city-manager-ruaidhri-higgins-not-taking-first-division-side-treaty-united-lightly-ahead-of-fai-cup-semi-final-42070072.html Derry City manager Ruaidhri Higgins not taking First Division side Treaty United lightly ahead of FAI Cup semi-final