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McGrath: Fully Focused

First Team News
// 9 Aug 2019

Dundalk return to domestic action on Saturday evening with a trip to St. Colman’s Park to take on Cobh Ramblers.

The Lilywhites were defeated 1-0 by Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia on Wednesday night.

We welcome the Slovak’s to Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday night for the return leg and speaking to dundalkfc.com midfielder Jamie McGrath admitted his disappointment at the way the game finished however, insisted that ‘it’s all to play for’ and is intent on progressing.

“It was disappointing the way that the match finished on Wednesday night but I thought that we had a very good first half overall.

“We were creating chances and had a lot of the ball. We probably could have nicked a goal or two over the course of the match.

“The 20 minute spell that they had in the second half, I felt that we weathered it well but towards the end they got a bit of luck to finish.

“We recovered well from the goal and we put some pressure on and their ‘keeper pulled off an amazing save but it’s still all to play for in the second leg.”

Attention quickly switches to the FAI Cup and this is the beginning of our defence of the trophy.

We defeated Cobh on the way to lifting the cup last year and it is something which evokes great memories for everyone.

McGrath is no different but he is fully focused on the trip to Cork, knowing that like last year in the league cup, surprises can happen.

“The FAI Cup is one of only three trophies we can win here so we are setting out to win it.

“We are not looking to Tuesday night at all and we are fully focused on Cobh tomorrow evening.

“Last year we lost down there in the semi-finals of the EA SPORTS Cup so we have to put that right and make sure it doesn’t happen again. “

The Athboy native knows what to expect ahead of the journey south and isn’t expecting an easy game by any stretch of the imagination.

That said, he believes that there is confidence in the squad that we will get through and knows that if we play to our full potential, that is possible.

“It’s going to be a tricky game, they are going to be right up for it and one of the biggest games of the season for them.

“It’s going to be the same for us because we want win every trophy that we can and this is the first one on the way to the Cup.

“We know what Cobh are capable of and they will make it difficult for us so we know it will be far from easy but we are confident and if we play to our best hopefully we can get through. “