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Monday 20 August 2018

Zayed eager for a double

DERRY CITY have wasted no time in setting themselves new targets after landing the League Cup for a record 10th time.

Derry continued their love affair with the trophy, now called the EA Sports Cup, as they won it for the fifth time in seven seasons, Eamon Zayed's 67th minute penalty the only goal of the game at Turner's Cross.

Roy Keane, back home in Cork on a break, was among the attendees, but he saw his hometown side fall just short as Zayed's goal was enough to land the trophy. Zayed insisted afterwards that Derry were keen to add the Premier Division title as well.

"We want the league," said Zayed, leading scorer this season with a Derry side who are two points behind joint league leaders Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers.



Confidence

"This is great and it is good to have a trophy but we have to think of the matches coming up. Win all six matches and we win the league, it's as simple as that.

"Hopefully the confidence we gain from this victory will set us up for the league run in.

"That's the one we really want," added Zayed, a view which his manager agrees with.

Derry are only just back in the top flight following their relegation for financial reasons two years ago, but City are more than capable of winning the Premier Division title.

"To have come from where we have in such a short period of time is remarkable. But in football the journey is all about the road ahead -- not the track you have just covered. We are looking at the league -- but winning this was special," said manager Stephen Kenny.

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