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Sunday 10 December 2017

FAI Cup dream is on for Danny

DANNY Ventre is hoping for another dose of FAI Cup glory after he made his return from injury just in time to try and force his way into the Derry City side for their final clash with St Patrick's Athletic.

The 28-year-old already has three FAI Cup medals on his honours list, from his time with Sligo Rovers, and his first season with Derry could see him add a fourth as City have reached the final - they face St Pats in the Dublin decider on November 2nd.

At one stage Ventre feared his season was over as he suffered a knee injury while on Europa League action with Derry in Belarus in the summer.

But with some hard work in the gym and his rehab programme, he regained fitness and made a sub appearance in last week's league defeat to UCD and he could start in tonight's game against UCD, Derry's final home game of a turbulent season with another Cup final appearance also on the agenda.

"I know Shaun Kelly is cup tied so, hopefully, I can get into the team for the final. A couple of years ago I think it was 2010 with Sligo, Richie Ryan was suspended and I got his place in the cup final team so anything can happen," says Ventre.

"After the start to the season we've had, it's all going well now and, hopefully, we can give something back to the fans and save the season with a cup final win.

"To be totally honest, with the players we have playing for us, we should be higher up in the league and we're certainly good enough to win the final," he added.

Meanwhile, Pat Fenlon has demanded a strong finish to the season from his Shamrock Rovers side as they prepare to face Drogheda United tonight.

"We want to finish the season properly and in a positive manner, and that means taking the six points that are on offer," says Fenlon.

"We know it will be a tricky game against Drogheda tonight. They are playing well at the moment and have since Damien Richardson came in and Darius Kearns before him. It is also a tight pitch, which is usually in their favour. But at a big club like ours, no matter what the season was like, we want to keep going until the end and finish in the right manner."

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