Gartland: Great Win
Dundalk FC’s Brian Gartland says the performance at Limerick showed what the current squad is capable of.
Gartland captained the side as the Lilywhites ran out 4-0 winners at Markets Field on Friday night.
He said: “It’s brilliant to be in the semi-final. I think from the first minute against Limerick that we showed our class, scored some great goals and limited them to few chances. We’re delighted to get through and it was a great win away from home in the Cup.
“I think we were consistent how we played through the first half, the second half wasn’t maybe as fluid, but that’s to be expected with the busy period of games that we’ve had, but getting through to the semi-final was the main thing.
The Lilywhites booked their place in the semi-final of Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup thanks to goals from John Mountney, Georgie Kelly and a brace from Patrick Hoban.
“Pat (Hoban) is having a great year and he is leading us from the front all season. It’s great for Georgie (Kelly) to come on and get a goal in the Cup. It shows his ability and I though he was brilliant when he came on,” said Gartland.
“John (Mountney) is a machine. He has had a tough year with injury but he played 120 minutes against Pats and then another 90 against Limerick and showed no signs of fatigue so it’s great to have him back available.”
The draw for the semi-finals of the competition will take place on Monday night during Soccer Republic on RTE 2. Dundalk could face Cork City, UCD or Derry City/Bohemians.
The defender told dundalfc.com: “It doesn’t matter who we get in the semi-final, if you want to win the Cup then you have to beat everyone. It’s the luck of the draw and you have to beat whoever is put in front of you in the Cup.”