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(l-r) Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson and Derry City manager Kenny Shiels, whose sides will battle it out for the EA Sports Cup tomorrow

(l-r) Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson and Derry City manager Kenny Shiels, whose sides will battle it out for the EA Sports Cup tomorrow

(l-r) Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson and Derry City manager Kenny Shiels, whose sides will battle it out for the EA Sports Cup tomorrow

Ireland U21 cap Rory Hale hopes to lift his season by landing the EA Sports Cup on home soil with Derry City.

Cobh Ramblers make the long trek north to play Derry in the final tomorrow (live on Eir Sport, KO 4.0) but it's been a trying spell for a chunk of the squad.

Derry lost all three league games in August while the international stage was a let-down for Derry siblings Rory and Ronan Hale, both unused subs for Ireland's U21 side in their 6-0 loss to Germany in midweek. "I can't wait for it," said Rory. "I've been buzzing even though I haven't been training as much as I would've liked ahead of the final.

"It's been a tough two weeks but I've been talking to Ronan all week about the final and just can't wait. We haven't had many minutes under our belt but we're refreshed for Sunday and will get plenty of preparation.

"It's my first professional final. My whole family is coming so, hopefully, it's a good day for everyone and it's a packed -out Brandywell."


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