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Gannon: Happy With Home Draw

First Team News
// 11 Sep 2018

Dundalk FC defender Seán Gannon said he was pleased to come through a tough Cup tie as the Lilywhties dumped Limerick out of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup at Markets Field on Friday.

Goals from John Mountney, Georgie Kelly and a brace from Patrick Hoban secured their progress and Gannon was delighted with advancing to the last four of the competition.

Speaking to dundalkfc.com, he said: “It was a very tough game in Limerick the week before when we just about got over the line. They had a game plan and they frustrated us before Michael Duffy got a great goal and dug us out of it.

“We had a good performance on Friday. We started really well, I think the early goal really set us up to kick on which it did and it probably could have been more to be honest.

“I’m definitely happy with another clean sheet. As defenders we’re judged on clean sheets so it’s great to get another one. I think going down there we knew that we would have to be defensively solid because it’s a Cup quarter-final and they were at home so we knew we had to be on it.

“As I said, they had a couple of chances the week before and Gary (Rogers) pulled off a couple of great saves and pulled off another few great saves the other night.”

The Lilywhites face UCD in the semi-final of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup, having overcome Limerick, and Gannon is looking forward to the challenge.

He said: “I think any home draw really is a good draw. UCD are flying at the moment and they only need a point I think to win the league.

“They have nothing to lose coming to Oriel, it’s a Cup semi-final and we have to approach the game properly but the main thing is that we’re at home. To be at home in a Cup semi-final is what you want.”

Dundalk are next in action when they travel to Turners Cross to take on Cork City in their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division encounter on Friday, 21st September.

Gannon said: “Preparations are going well. It’s strange enough not having a game this week but the staff have made a plan to make sure when we are going in to the Cork game that we’ll be peaking and we’ve a lot of time to work on things.

“We have a lot of time on the training pitch to work on ways that we want to play and what the manager wants us to do so not having a game this week gives us an extra few days to prepare.”