World News – GB – « The FAI Cup is the only thing that keeps us going »


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Conor McCormack admits that while Derry City players are mentally exhausted after the exams of the past few months, they are still determined to prove it wrong to critics at Sligo Rovers tonight. The Candystripes failed to make it to the top in this most bizarre campaign, but they can still save something if they beat Sligo Rovers and make it to the final four of the FAI Cup. City players were in quarantine after a second Covid-19 outbreak in the squad and were unable to train as usual to prepare for a game they simply have to win. That came after City was forced to play two league games in three days with no preparation after the original coronavirus outbreak at Brandywell last month. It was a challenging time for everyone involved. « It’s very difficult, » said McCormack. “Obviously we had the two weeks at the end of last month and then we were told we had two weeks left. It’s difficult for any player or person to deal with. We thought we followed all of the protocols and everything set up by the health organization and through the FAI. “We did everything we were told and it is as if we were still being punished for it. “We just have to get up and move on. All the guys have programs designed for their own four walls and hopefully we can make the most of it on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, it’s a cup quarter-finals to get to the semi-finals to give us the chance to get to the final that would bring us to Europe if we won it. “We still have a lot to play and all the guys are still determined, even though we haven’t trained as much as we would have liked. I’m sure we’ll be ready for battle anyway. “City is about to enter a tenth month this season. If you do it on 6. It has been almost 300 days since the start of their season to make it into the FAI Cup final on December. « It’s exhausting, » admitted McCormack. « We started at the beginning of January with five or six weeks of preseason. We had four games and then the season ended. We did another eight weeks in the preseason and then started again. We got a couple of wins, then we get quarantined. “We come back and play two games in two days, basically without training, and then we get thrown into another quarantine and then into a quarter-finals. “It’s mentally difficult. I’ve never seen anything like it. The cup quarter-finals are the only thing that makes us tell you the truth. ”

Not an Easy Path: Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk and Athlone are already in the semi-finals and City would have to travel to Tallaght this weekend if they beat Sligo. There’s no easy way to get to the finals, and McCormack knows it. “Everyone wants to play in a final and win something and it would be great if we could end this season with all the ups and downs and everything against us this year, if we could prove ourselves and prove people wrong.  » he added. “If we could at least make it to the final it would be fantastic and it would still give us the chance to come to Europe next season. At least it’s not a dead rubber game because that would be hard to achieve, but this is a cup quarter-finals and winnable game in Sligo. We’ll definitely be ready for the fight on Wednesday night. “We owe them one because we lost a few games to them this year. We definitely owe them one, especially up there, and I have no doubt we’ll be doing a good, hard-working shift and hopefully that’s enough to get us to the semis. ”

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