Higgins Full Of Praise For Squad Ahead Of FAI Cup Semi
Dundalk head into this weekend’s clash with Sligo Rovers on the back of clinching a second straight SSE Airtricity League title.
Vinny Perth’s men retained their league crown in dramatic fashion with a 3-2 win over nearest rivals Shamrock Rovers on Monday night, in front of a rocking Oriel Park crowd.
Speaking to dundalkfc.com ahead of the Extra.ie FAI Cup semi-final clash with Sligo was assistant head coach Ruaidhri Higgins and he was full of praise for the side in the way that they took the league crown five days ago.
“It was a great night for us last Monday defeating Shamrock Rovers for the title and we were delighted with how it went. We defeated our closest rivals to get the job done which has been a brilliant achievement by the players,” he said.
“They have been magnificent since April and the win on Monday night rounded that off. The third goal from Michael Duffy was one that was fitting to win the title.
“It is a phenomenal achievement for the players and credit goes to them.”
The Lilywhites now go in search of a place in the FAI Cup final with Sligo Rovers in their way at the Showgrounds on Sunday.
Dundalk have been on a sensational domestic run since their loss in April, going 29 matches undefeated.
Higgins though feels that the squad are ‘in the prime of their career’ and are ready to achieve even more this season with the last-four encounter looming.
“I feel that there are a lot of players in the squad who are in the prime of their careers. They have had a brilliant season and they have a lot more to achieve in this one,” he said.
“The way they have won the league is brilliant. We have a couple of trophies won but we want to win more and the players have been sensational.
“They are a pleasure to work with and we are ready for a big end of season now. ”
It is Liam Buckley’s Sligo Rovers up next tomorrow and with The Showgrounds full to capacity it promises to be a terrific occasion in the west.
The champions are bidding to reach their fifth straight Cup final at the AVIVA Stadium, with Shamrock Rovers awaiting the victors.
The Derry native though is wary of the threat posed by the Bit o’Red however feels that the players will be ready for the clash.
“It is a sell out in Sligo tomorrow. It’s a football town and they will really get behind their team. It’s going to be an extremely difficult game for us,” said Higgins.
“It is one that if we are not prepared properly and if we are not at it then they will turn us over. They have done it already this year so we are wary of that.
“But, if the players do what they always do and prepare properly then hopefully we can get ourselves to another cup final and we look forward to the game.”