Murray: Raring To Go
Dundalk forward Ronan Murray is looking forward to his first Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup final on Sunday. Speaking to dundalkfc.com the Mayo native is feels everyone is ‘chomping at the bit’ for a starting berth at the AVIVA Stadium.
“We have trained all week and we have had our 11 v 11’s. Everyone has been chomping at the bit to get a starting place on Sunday and that is the way it has been all season.
“The closer the weekend gets the more the nerves start to kick in for everyone but we are all flying, fit and ready to go. ”
It is Murray’s first experience of the showpiece event as a player and he has been hearing all about it from his fellow teammates and is ready to sample the atmosphere himself and has admitted that the words from those who have been there over the past three seasons has helped him.
“I have heard from the lads that the Final day itself is a special day and that there is nothing like it from throughout the season.
“I am looking forward to it and it’s exciting. You just have to focus on your football on the day and I know there’s a lot expected but it’s just a game of football at the end of the day.
“We will be ready for it.
“We have lads in the squad who have been there and done that. They give you confidence when you are on the pitch and help you with what to do. They are nice and calm and they know what to do.
“That is the most important thing. They have been telling me what it’s like and how things go. It’s all very exciting. ”
The 27 year-old had an ankle injury last week which restricted his involvement in the 1-1 draw against Bohemians last week however he is raring to go and is ready to help the team complete the ‘Double’ although he does harbour ambitions to find the net himself on the big day.
“I have had a bit of an ankle problem and that is why I didn’t play as many minutes against Bohemians last week but nothing could stop you playing in the AVIVA Stadium in the Cup final.
“I hope I do get to play and a big part as well. The main part is for the team to win and to get the ‘Double’ under our belt.
“It would be incredible (to score), it would be special. You’d never forget it. I would love to score on the day and if the chance falls to you then you have to stay calm and do it for the team. ”
The former Ipswich Town player looked ahead to the challenge of Cork City and is anticipating another tough contest against the Leesiders and predicts another close affair with each of the four league meetings finishing with just one goal separating the sides on each occasion.
“The game is going to be so difficult against a good Cork City side. They are coming into form and it is set up to be a really good contest.
“It’s going to be a tight game. Those that support Cork and Dundalk both know how tight the games have been. They have all been on television and even the neutrals know how tight they are.
“There has only been the one goal in it. It’s going to be nip and tuck on Sunday, it should be an expansive game on the big pitch which will help us I think.
“We are the best two teams in Ireland on paper, in the league standings. You can’t get a better spectacle than the two best teams in the country. ”