Benson: All To Play For
With the Lilywhites only one step away from a third consecutive Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup final, there is no understating the importance of Tuesday’s semi-final replay against Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium, and having missed playing in the 2016 final through injury, Robbie Benson needs no added incentive to secure a final date against Cork City in the AVIVA Stadium next month.
There was little between the teams when the met in the first game at Oriel Park, and a 1-1 draw leaves the tie with everything to play for. Stephen Kenny’s side go into the game having recorded a 2-0 victory against Finn Harps on Saturday, and mood in the camp is understandably confident.
“It was a very tough game against Finn Harps. The pitch didn’t help matters and it was difficult for us to get a fluid game going but we dug in well and thankfully in the second half we scored two goals to win the game,” Benson tells dundalkfc.com
While the 25-year-old missed the 2016 showpiece game having picked up an injury against Galway United, he more than played his part in this campaign, scoring the goal in the first semi-final game against Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park.
“I’m expecting something similar to the game in Oriel Park in the first game and there will be a lot of tackles flying in. Both teams probably know that it’s their last chance for silverware this season and you want to have something to look forward to at the start of November.
“Both teams will give everything so it and it should be a good game. It would be nice to score again but the most important thing is that we get to the final,” he explains.
With next month’s final at the AVIVA Stadium, Benson explained his hope of reaching another FAI Cup final and getting the chance to play at the national stadium.
“The final is the big day out in the year. It’s the one day of the season that gets put up on a pedestal as a good production behind the game and it looks really well on telly.
“It’s a good advertisement for football and we want to be in the AVIVA to show what we can bring to the game here.”