As we go into the last week of football in the Airtricity League, Derry City are 90 minutes away from securing a place in Europe provided Silgo win the FAI Cup.
As the season nears the end the "Candystripes" campaign has been one which seemed to promise so much but in the end may deliver so little.The future of key players such as Rory Paterson, the leading goalscorer in the league, is still undecided, but in the midst of all this, they are still in the mix of securing European football at the Brandywell for a successive season.
Derry's European journey ended abruptly as the "luck of the Irish" didn't prevail - the club found themselves handed a tough European tie against Turkish giants, Trabzonspor. This proved to be valuable experience for the young Derry City side as they look to build on last year's performance in Europe.
Derry's season started so well, as they looked to build on the FAI Cup which the club won in style against St Pats at the Aviva stadium at the end of last season. The club had found itself at the summit of the league for a considerable length of time, but after a shocking run of injuries and an equally poor run of results, the club had to make do with battling for a Europa League spot.
The club could be in the dire position of Shelbourne, a very proud Dublin club which, only several seasons ago, was competing in Europe. Next season the ‘Reds’ will ply their trade in the graveyard of League of Ireland First Division football.
The club will go into the match against Limerick as firm favourites but they are taking nothing for granted.
Thankfully a point against champions St Pat's in Dublin means that the club's fate is in their own hands. They will welcome the financial boost that is received due to European football but the club will need to hope that Silgo can overcome Drogheda United in the FAI Cup final in November to secure the forth and final European place.
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