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Thursday, 24 October, 2002, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Mahon eyes silverware
Derry City manager Kevin Mahon who has been 10 months as full-time boss
Kevin Mahon has been a life-long member of Derry

Derry City boss Kevin Mahon is looking to bring home some silverware for the first time since going full time at the Brandywell 10 months ago.

Mahon and his squad head down to Dublin for Sunday's FAI Carlsberg Cup final against Shamrock Rovers at Tolka Park as underdogs.

But that will only inspire the young side whose manager has been a fan of the Candystripes since a youngster.

Following a poor start to the season, Derry have been on a roll, and are playing with some style, and could cause a major upset.


We have a young team now. Take one or two players way and the average age is about 22
Kevin Mahon
''I have been a fan of this club since I was a kid,'' said Mahon in an interview with the Irish Times.

''Derry was my Real Madrid, and though it was late in my career by the time I got to play for the club, it was like a dream come true.

''I have been at this club in some form of capacity, which is one of the reaons why I finally agreed to stick with the job on a long-term basis.

''We have a young team now. Take one or two players way and the average age is about 22.

''They are very keen and enthsiastic,'' said Mahon who will have over 4,000 Derry fans travelling fans to support the side on Sunday.

''The plus side is that our supporters are just happy to be in this cup final.

''We're aiming to win it and it would be great for everybody at the club if we did.

''But if we don't people will realise that we did well to get this far in such a short spaced of time.''

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