Artificial city

Artificial surface holding Derry City back – says Treaty United boss Tommy Barrett

The Limerick man rocked Ruaidhri Higgins’ in-form side to go on and lift the FAI Cup after ending the First Division’s remarkable run in the competition with a 2-1 semi-final loss to Foyleside.

He believes Higgins’ troops are best suited to play on a grass pitch with the Aviva Stadium custom-designed for the Candy Stripes style of play.

“I think they are favorites and I think the grass pitch will suit them better,” he said. “It’s difficult to play on an astro pitch. The style of football they want to play, you end up rushing things on an astro and it bounces differently and it’s awkward.

“These guys are going to be much better on a grass pitch and especially on a good grass pitch like the Aviva. Their away form has proven that as well.”

Derry threatened to riot after scoring twice in the opening seven minutes on Sunday, but Treaty dug in and Enda Curran’s half-hour penalty gave them something to cling to.

They made it difficult for Derry who missed a host of chances to put the tie to bed earlier and Barrett feels it could have been a lot easier for the home side had it not been for the plastic surface.

“Given the astro…I think if we play them on grass they’ll probably knock you out,” he continued. “I don’t think the ground is suitable for Derry to be honest.

Tommy Barrett, Treaty United Coach

“We calmed the crowd down a bit in the second half, but it’s a really good crowd and the atmosphere was really good. It’s a great place to come.

“We know we are well off. It would be nice to have won but we don’t want a moral victory either. We lost. That’s it. End of story.

“They were better than us but I think we have to be proud. We have three hours a week together while Derry probably has 33 hours together. It makes a huge difference.”

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