Derry City manager Declan Devine blasts 'ludicrous' referee decisions

The Candystripes tactician believes that referee decisions cost his team a victory against Drogheda United in the Setanta Sports Cup
Derry City manager Declan Devine has criticised refereeing decisions after his side's 1-1 home draw with Drogheda United in the first leg of the Setanta Sports Cup quarter final.

The Candystripes had taken the lead through a Rory Patterson free-kick on 10 minutes, but Declan O'Brien cancelled out the hosts' lead with a strike on 53 minutes and the game finished ended as a draw.

However, the Derry boss believes that his side would have been victorious, were it not for 'ludicrous' decisions made by referee Ray Hetherington.

"I thought some of the decisions were absolutely ludicrous," Devine told the Londonderry Sentinel.

"I thought Michael Rafter had a stone wall penalty, I can understand that Rory Patterson's wasn't a penalty even though there was a slight touch on him, but at the same time all you want is a bit of fairness.

"I think if it had have been refereed in the proper manner tonight, I think we would be sitting here with a victory under our belt," added the Foylesiders' manager.

Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers striker Ciaran Kilduff has revealed that he is hoping to emulate the goal-scoring exploits of former Hoops striker Gary Twigg.

The 24-year-old striker scored two goals in Shamrock Rovers' 4-1 home victory against Linfield in the first leg of the Setanta Sports Cup quarter final and he has indicated his desire to become the Hoops' main goal-scoring threat.

"They’re big boots to fill," Kilduff told the Irish Sun. "Gary is a 20-goal-a-season striker and someone has to take the mantle now. I'm hoping it can be me."