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McMillan Hungry For Another FAI Cup Winners Medal

// 20 Nov 2020

David McMillan will lead the line in this evening’s televised Extra.ie FAI Cup last-eight tie at Dalymount Park aiming to shoot the Lilywhites towards a sixth successive appearance in the cup final.

Patrick Hoban’s ankle injury means that McMillan will be charged with finding the goals to see off Keith Long’s side and secure Dundalk’s place in the semi-final with Athlone Town on November 29th. The final will take place at the Aviva Stadium on December 6th.

McMillan won the cup with Dundalk in 2015 and after a frustrating league campaign which saw the Lilywhites finish in third place, he said the players were determined to finish the season with a piece of silverware.

“It’s going to be a very tough match but I do feel from speaking to a few of the lads that this has now become our most important game of the season,” he told dundalkfc.com.

“We can forget about the Europa League games for the minute. If we want to come away from this season with a trophy, we need to win on Friday night and give ourselves a chance against Athlone the semi-final.

“We went to Bohs earlier this season and lost and we also drew 0-0 with them at Oriel recently so we’ll need to be ready. They’ve done very well this year, they’ve been very consistent, but it’s a game we’re eager to do well in and want to win.

“I have no doubt that the aim at the start of the season was to win the league,” he added. “It’s obviously disappointing we haven’t done that but if we can win the FAI Cup and have qualified for the group stages of the Europa League, that wouldn’t be half bad!”

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Sean Hoare will miss the game through suspension while Patrick Hoban – who became a new father on Thursday – is also out after suffering an ankle injury in the final league game of the season against Sligo Rovers.

The game has come too soon for Sean Murray who has been struggling with a groin injury but Daniel Kelly and Patrick McEleney are in contention after training at Quay Celtic’s home ground at Clancy Park on Thursday morning.

“Hoban’s injury will take time, a little bit more than what we were hoping,” said Lilywnites interim head coach Filippo Giovagnoli, “but I’m delighted to say that Patrick McEleney and Daniel Kelly are back and were flying in practice on Friday.

“We will need to give Sean Murray a bit more time. He played against Sligo to help the team but we had to stop him. Friday is a bit too soon for him but he will be there for the European game with Vienna next week.”