Flores Aims For Champions Cup After AVIVA Disappointment
Dundalk midfielder Jordan Flores has vowed to put the disappointment of Sunday’s extra.ie FAI Cup Final defeat behind him with the Unite the Union Champions Cup against Linfield.
The Lilywhites will finish off their successful 2019 year with a two legged affair against the Northern Ireland champions in the inaugural competition on Friday and Monday.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com Flores admitted his disappointment at the result however feels this is a good chance to get that day out of the system.
“Sunday was a massive disappointment but we can’t look past what we have actually achieved this season. It has been a remarkable season overall for us and if Sunday had to be the last match of the season, we would have been thinking about it the whole off season so to have another game is good for us.
“It’s good for us to go again and have the chance to win another trophy. ”
The champions have been back in training since the Final and have been in good spirits.
They have reflected on their season overall and winning two trophies has been a fantastic year.
Flores wants to take that into next year and from his own point of view, intends to remain injury free in 2020 and also win more trophies.
“The mood is good in the camp, it has been a good year for us. We had a good chat after and we were a penalty shootout away from doing a domestic treble which hasn’t been done for 30 years so it shows how hard it is.
“The fans have been class all season, they have appreciated what we have done this season and it would have been brilliant to win a treble but we still have a lot to celebrate. For the majority of the season I have been watching and hopefully we can go do it next year.
2It was great to be back in action. As a footballer it’s the worst thing in the world being injured, you are in the gym on your own so it’s good to be back in and I will keep myself fit over the close season and hit the ground running next year.
“It was a great experience on Sunday to play at the AVIVA Stadium in a Cup final, even though we lost it was a great experience for me, you still have to take everything in and overall it was good. I am hoping it won’t be the last for me here.
“I am going to keep going in the off season, next season is a massive, massive season for me. I want to be injury free, hopefully we can replicate what we did this season and go one better. ”
We now turn our attention to the cross border competition over the weekend and first up is the trip to Windsor Park.
This will be our first meeting against The Blues since the Setanta Sports Cup in 2011, a tie which we won 6-4 over two legs.
The Wigan native is looking forward to the challenge and aims to take home another trophy to add to the SSE Airtricity League, EA SPORTS Cup and President’s Cup which have been acquired in 2019.
“Physically I feel good and I am looking forward to the next two games. This week is geared towards Linfield and we will do a lot of work on them over the next few days. They are champions in Northern Ireland and a good side.
“We will be ready for it and it’s a chance to win another trophy, that is what our focus is on and hopefully we can get another one in the cabinet. ”