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Match-winner McGonigle insists Derry City must keep momentum going follow win over Rovers

Jamie McGonigle celebrates his winning goal against Shamrock Rovers at the Brandywell on Friday night. McGonigle became the first Derry City player to score in five consecutive top flight matches
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SEAMUS CRUDDEN

Airtricity League Premier Division: Derry City v Sligo Rovers (tonight, 7.45pm)

Match-winner Jamie McGonigle doesn't want a 'after the lord mayor's show' effect to happen to Derry City when they welcome Sligo Rovers to the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium tonight.

Following his memorable 95th minute strike to snatch victory over champions Shamrock Rovers on Friday evening, the ex-Coleraine hitman insists Ruaidhri Higgins's squad is only focused on another positive result this evening against Liam Buckley's side.

"Ruaidhri won't let us get too far ahead of ourselves," McGonigle said.

"He's right, it's only another three points and while we enjoyed Friday night, once we came back in on Saturday and Sunday morning we were just focusing on the Sligo game on Monday night.

"The next game is always the most important one and as I said I enjoyed the win on Friday night but since Saturday morning me and the squad have just been focusing on Sligo.

"I think the win over Shamrock Rovers will mean that we'll definitely gain confidence from it. I thought the crowd getting behind us when it went to 1-1 kicked us on and because of that it was us who came away with the three points."

McGonigle's stoppage time winner of the Dubliners on Friday night, meant he became the first Derry striker to score in five consecutive games since Alex Krstic achieved the feat in 1987 when he netted in nine games in-a-row but those goals came in the First Division, so the Dungiven native became the first City front man to do it in the top flight.

The 25-year-old also admitted his stunning late winner in front of a packed Brandywell ranks very high in his career to date.

"Listen it's a good stat to have and hopefully now I can kick-on and put a run together," he added.

"It was brilliant and I don't know if it's maybe the best, but it's definitely up there away.

"Everything just seemed to fall into place, last minute, big bumper crowd, top corner, left footed finished, everything just worked well and thankfully it did."

Tonight City face the Bit O'Red, with vice-captain Ciaron Harkin likely to be missing, after he left the Brandywell on crutches on Friday evening, but on the plus side Ronan Boyce, who replaced the talented midfielder, will be pushing for a spot in the starting line-up.

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