Derry City face Limerick test as Peter Hutton’s men look to revive their league fortunes

Derry City manager Peter Hutton
Derry City manager Peter Hutton

Under-pressure Derry City face a stern test of their character on Friday night when they host basement club Limerick at the Brandywell (7.45pm).

And while Limerick have yet to win a game this season, manager Martin Russell will see the fixture as a superb opportunity to get his first win on the board.

The Candystripes have dropped down into the relegation zone after failing to win a league match in their last 10 outings.

Derry have also emerged as the lowest scoring team in the Premier Division, the North-West side having failed to replace former strikers Rory Patterson and Michael Duffy.

“I’ve no doubt that Limerick will view Friday night’s match as a good opportunity to record their first win of the season,” delcared Brandywell boss Peter Hutton.

“They will have noted that we’ve been very inconsistent over recent games and believe this could well be their opportunity to record their first win, so we’ve got to be on our guard and take nothing for granted,” added Hutton.

With recent signing Seanan Clucas having been released from his contract, new signing Rob Cornwall should make his debut.

New striker Mark Quigley is expected to start on the subs’ bench.