Derry City departed for Lithuanian on Monday morning at 6am ahead of Tuesday’s European game which got the green light after the team were granted special dispensation to travel.
The Candystrips flew out to Vilnius for their Europa League 1st Round qualifier against FK Riteria.
The travelling party has been reduced to just team and backroom staff following the Lithuanian government’s recent decision to add the UK and Ireland to their quarantine list, which left the tie in some doubt right up until Saturday evening.
It’s an exceptionally busy time for Declan Devine’s men at present and the City boss is well aware of the threat posed by Riteriai.
“Despite the uncertainty around the match we were always clear that our preparations would continue for the game going ahead.”
“We’ve watched plenty of footage of Riteriai over the past week. They’re a quality side and it will take a big performance from us to go through.”
“Getting three points against Cork was a great start to a very busy eight days for us across three competitions, but that is gone now and we have to be ready for Tuesday.”
“A couple of lads picked up knocks last week but apart from Ally Gilchrist we expect to have a full panel for the game.”
“As always it will be strange playing these sort of games with no supporters in the ground, however the club has done a fantastic job in securing a deal to stream the game back home.”
“It will be a difficult evening for us but we have to keep our focus on trying to get into the next round.”
The game will be played in the National Stadium and kick off at 7pm local time (5pm Irish time) and the club has secured a streaming service which is available priced just £4.99 at https://www.derrycityfc.net/europa-league-stream-2020/