Mountney: Keep Our Heads Up
Dundalk FC midfielder John Mountney expressed his disappointment as the Lilywhites exited the UEFA Europa League at the second qualifying round stage and the EA SPORTS Cup at the semi-finals in the past week.
He said: “Everyone knows how disappointing of a result that was for us in Cyprus. It had been a great season and we had 12 league wins on the bounce so everyone had been in great form and we were confident going in to the game.
“We were caught on the hop for the first half. It shows at that level that you will get punished and we did. It was a better second half performance from us but obviously we were chasing at that stage and it was a mountain to climb.”
Chris Hull’s goal proved to be the difference in a scrappy affair at St. Colmans Park and Mountney said his side will be ready when the sides meet again in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup on Friday night at Oriel Park.
He said: “It has been a good season and it is obviously disappointing to go out the way we did. Of course then to go out in the EA Cup semi-final was rubbing salt in the wound. It’s been a bad week but we still have two big trophies to play for.
“It was a very disappointing result on Monday down in Cobh. You cant take any team for granted so we know that they will come up here probably with the same attitude and a passion to try and get 1 over us again. I think we’ll be ready for them on Friday and be at it.
“We’ll be back at it, everyone still has their heads up and are still full of confidence so we are looking forward to the FAI Cup game on Friday now and then we still have the league to compete for too.
Mountney told dundalkfc.com “it feels good to be back” after returning to the first team from injury. “I had a week training under my belt and getting 90 minutes down in Cobh was great even though it wasn’t the performance or result that any of us wanted but individually it’s good to be back so I hope to try and stay injury free and try and get back in to the team.”