McGrath Delighted To Reach Cup Final
Dundalk made it five extra.ie FAI Cup finals in a row on Sunday evening with a late win over Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds.
Michael Duffy’s 89th minute volley was the difference between the sides in what was a keenly contested last four clash.
The Cup tie ebbed and flowed on the day with both sides playing their part in an intense spectacle and speaking to dundalkfc.com Jamie McGrath admitted that while it wasn’t the easiest on the eye at times, it was great to get the result.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of games yesterday but the feeling is no different after that. We knew it was going to be tough, it never is when you come to Sligo and they have beaten us there this season already so we knew that it wasn’t going to be easy.
“They put it up to us and made it uncomfortable for us at times too. It was a tough night and there was a great crowd which really got behind them too which added to that and we struggled to get into a rhythm.
“It was a proper Cup tie, with a proper atmosphere and it was a great match to play in. ”
The Lilywhites were 2-0 winners just a month ago at the same venue in one of the re-arranged matches in the SSE Airtricity League.
It was one of the best performances of what has been a stunning campaign to date however yesterday didn’t have the same fluency as the encounter on September 2nd.
That is something though that McGrath expected because of the nature of the tie itself but was confident that his side would get the job done on the day.
“It was always going to be different from the other matches we have played against them this year, we knew it would have a different edge to it and they put everything into it because it’s a cup semi-final and they wanted to get to the final as much as we did.
“I just thought in the last 20 minutes or so we edged it. We were the ones who got the ball down and moved it that bit quicker. We deserved it in the end I think, we didn’t concede any chances on the night and we were tight at the back.
“If there was going to be a winner on the day it was going to be us and I am delighted it was.”
With the FAI Cup final to come we will have the opportunity to complete a historic treble at the AVIVA Stadium on November 3rd.
That clash is almost five weeks away though with plenty of football to be played between now and then and the focus shifts back to the remaining four matches in the league programme.
That is where the Athboy natives attention is firmly fixed on until the AVIVA date and is intent on reaching the targets which have been set in the dressing room.
“The season has been alright!” He laughed. “We have a couple of trophies won and we want to finish it off now, get the treble. It won’t be easy because Shamrock Rovers are a good team and will be tough opponents for us, like they always are.
“That will take care of itself when it comes to it but we have a few more league games left before that and we want to finish off strongly. We don’t want to let the winning run that we are on slip and we want to keep going.
“We have targets for ourselves that we have set – goals conceded, points difference and a few others – so we aren’t taking our foot off the pedal. ”