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derry vow to be back

THEIR fans travelled to Dublin in large numbers hoping that the FAI Cup final would be a turn-up for the books.

In reality, Derry City didn't really turn up on the day at Lansdowne Road as their season ended with a 2-0 defeat to St Patrick's Athletic, the loss in the Cup final and their league placing meaning that Derry will be denied European football next season.

But Derry captain Barry Molloy believes that the young squad assembled under Peter Hutton this season will recover from their Dublin disappointment next year, the veteran Molloy accepting the blame for an injury-time error which gifted Pats their second and final goal.

"It was a bad mistake from myself for the second goal and that's not good enough, I have to hold my hand up and admit that. The rest of the players played with their hearts and gave everything," says Molloy.

"We are a young side and that experience will drive them on to success in the future. It was a tight affair in the first half but once they scored they had their noses in front, they had that cutting edge. We kept plugging away but didn't get the goal we needed. It just wasn't to be."

Keeper Ger Doherty added: "We are gutted. We worked so hard to get here and put so much into it, yesterday was be-all and end-all of our season.

"You have to give the squad and the staff credit for getting to the final, after the turmoil we had earlier in the season, we steadied the ship and came through some tough games to get to the final, we needed one more big push at the end but couldn't get it on the day."