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Published: 13:15 | 12/9/18

EA Sports Cup: Doherty warns against complacency

Derry City captain Gerard Doherty says the Candystripes must not underestimate opponents Cobh Ramblers in Sunday's EA Sports Cup Final.

First Division Cobh shocked League of Ireland champions Dundalk with a 1-0 victory in the semi-final at St Colman's Park on 6 August, and Derry goalkeeper Doherty says Stephen Henderson's team are well capable of taking down another Premier League side in Sunday's final at the Brandywell, which will be shown live on eir sport 1 [coverage begins at 3.30pm].

"It was no fluke, as Dundalk had a serious side out and that’s something we have to look at going into the game," the 37-year-old told the Derry Journal.

"Mentality is going to be massive.

"Maybe in the league games against Dundalk and Cork City, they look after themselves as you would be well up for them, but this one we have to make sure we are ready.

"It doesn't matter who we are playing, if it had have been Dundalk or whoever.

"It's Cobh and we need to make sure that we go into the game with the same mentality, and we'll be working at that this week.

"To be fair to their manager he knows how to set teams up, you only have to see that in the semi-final win over Dundalk."

Doherty admits the squad will be tested over the next couple of weeks, with Sunday's EA Sports Cup final followed by an FAI Cup quarter-final at home to Bohemians on Wednesday, and League of Ireland games against Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell on Saturday, and a trip to Dundalk the following Tuesday.

"We got our schedule the other day and you have a look at it and you see how many games we have," Doherty continued.

"Within nine days we have a host of massive games coming up and you don't want to be just playing out for the end of the season for nothing. 

"We are in the EA Sports Cup Final and we are still in the biggest cup competition in the country in the FAI Cup and we need to push on in the league as well.

"It might be a wee kick-start to the end of the season. It might be different if you weren't in the final and just playing out the rest of the season for nothing but we are in a final and in the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup and that too is going to be a  massive game against Bohs."

The EA Sports Cup final between Derry City and Cobh Ramblers at the Brandywell on Sunday, 16 September will be shown live on eir sport 1 [coverage begins at 3.30pm].

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