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Hoban Focused On Waterford

First Team News
// 19 Sep 2019

Dundalk head to Waterford on Friday evening in series 31 of the SSE Airtricity League in the hunt for the Premier League title.

The Lilywhites won their first trophy of the season on Saturday in a thrilling penalty shootout win over Derry City at the Brandywell.

Patrick Hoban lifted the EA SPORTS Cup in front of a packed stadium and speaking to dundalkfc.com the underlined the importance of continuing to win trophies.

“It was great to get the trophy last weekend against Derry City. I don’t think we played particularly well on the night but we still dominated the game. We had the better chances.

“There were two moments where we just lapsed that cost us but we got around that, we bounced back and were able to get back into the game.

“It was just nice to get over the line and take home the first trophy of the season.”

The Lilywhites head into another hectic schedule with 3 matches across 9 days coming up.

Waterford and Shamrock Rovers are first up this weekend before we are in extra.ie FAI Cup action against Sligo Rovers on Sunday week.

Hoban is looking forward to the end of the season with all to play for and while he knows it won’t be easy, the 28 year-old wants to win everything on offer.

“We want to keep winning. We have massive games now coming before the end of the season. It is good to get silverware into the club early on in the season.

“It continues a good streak that we have and as players we want to win trophies all of the time. We want to win as many as possible and we have chances over the next few weeks to do that.

“We have to make sure that we are ready, it’s not going to be easy but we are looking forward to it.”

The champions had a six day break since their cup final win, a longer break than they have been used to over the past few weeks.

The schedule intensifies once more with Waterford up next tomorrow at the RSC and Shamrock Rovers visit Oriel Park on Monday.

The focus is firmly on Waterford though with the Galway native looking to take all three points and another step closer to retaining the title.

“The main aim is to win the league and we have a good chance over the weekend to pick up more points in that. We played Waterford last week in the FAI Cup and it was a difficult game.

“It was tough for us and we know that they will be looking to win the game as well so we know what to expect when we go down there. They are a good side and in the second half last week they showed what they are about.

“We are looking forward to it though, we know what we have to do and we go there with confidence. We are in good form and hopefully we can start the weekend with a win.”