Derry and Crues ready for Cup final

Published Friday, 11 May 2012
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Derry City will start favourites to beat Crusaders in this weekend's Setanta Cup final.

Derry and Crues ready for Cup final
Derry City skipper Barry Molloy and Crues striker David Rainey. (© Pacemaker)

The Crues will be out to win their second trophy of the season, having already lifted the League Cup - and they have earned the reputation of cup specialists in recent years.

But Derry have a great record in knock-out competitions as well, beating Irish League champions Linfield and League of Ireland winners Shamrock Rovers on the way to the final.

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter said: "They have beaten two of the top teams and they are a class act with a lot of quality players in their team.

"They have one or two wee injuries which has been difficult for them in the last couple of weeks, but they'll come into the game as firm favourites I'm sure."

Derry City are also aware of Crusaders' reputation and the fact they beat Sligo Rovers in the semi-finals of the Setanta Cup.

"In my opinion Sligo are probably the best footballing side in our league, in the League of Ireland," said Derry City captain Barry Molloy.

"For Crusaders to beat them over two legs was a very good performance from them.

"They are a very physical side, a very good side, they've done really well this year in the cup competitions particularly and they have a lot of good players and a lot of match winners in their team."

Stephen Baxter said his men will have to prepare well for the clash at the Oval in east Belfast, but he is hoping the neutrals will get behind the team.

He continued: "We'll make sure we're good and properly prepared and ready to play game and I'm sure it will be a good game. There will be a good crowd here and a big atmosphere.

"We're all looking forward to it, we hope we get lot of neutrals from the Northern Irish clubs who say we'll come and have a look at Crusaders and support them for the day."

The final kicks off at 4pm on Saturday.

© UTV News
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