McEleney: One Step Away
Prior to tonight’s Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup, semi-final replay against Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium, Patrick McEleney has told dundalkfc.com what he expects from the Hoops.
Having defeated Finn Harps 2-0 in Donegal in their last outing, the Lilywhites take on Stephen Bradley’s side knowing that a date in the AVIVA Stadium against Cork City awaits.
“I thought we really dug in against Finn Harps. We knew going up there that it was going to be hard with the conditions and then with the way the pitch was too,” said the midfielder.
“I thought the boys were excellent, especially in the second half. Brian Gartland was outstanding for us the whole game and got the goal with big header for us – so we were well pleased.”
The 25-year-old also speaks about the only piece of domestic silverware he has yet to win under boss Stephen Kenny and what it takes when he travels to Tallaght on Tuesday night.
“Shamrock Rovers is going to be a tough game. We went down to Tallaght and won the EA SPORTS Cup final a few weeks ago but no two games are the same,” said McEleney.
“I think it’s going to be quite similar to the first game here at Oriel. It will be really fast paced and who ever settles and plays the better football in the final third will win the game.
“The FAI Cup is the only thing that I haven’t won at Dundalk and obviously getting beat in the final last year is not nice so I’ll be doing everything I can to fix it.”