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Murray Relieved To Get Semi-final Win

First Team News
// 30 Sep 2019

Dundalk secured a last gasp victory in the extra.ie FAI Cup final on Sunday evening against Sligo Rovers.

In an intense Cup tie at The Showgrounds, Michael Duffy was the hero once more as he bagged a priceless winner with the clock ticking towards 90 minutes.

The goal means that Dundalk have reached the Final for the fifth successive year and Sean Murray admitted to dundalkfc.com after the late drama that the overriding feeling following the win was relief.

“It was a relief. It wasn’t the best of games overall. We probably can play better but we aren’t too bothered by that! We showed a lot of resilience on the night to get through and we kept going until the end. It was a great finish from us.

“We were strong towards the end which we always are at what was a difficult venue. It’s always difficult at Sligo and I thought we were the better team on the day. They didn’t really have any chances.

“It’s a great win for us and we are delighted to be in the final.”

The match was heading towards a replay on the night with both sides cancelling each other out for the most part.

Murray himself looked like he had squandered the best chance of the night when he blazed over from close range with the goal at his mercy.

That wasn’t to be the decisive moment though and he played his part in the winner with his free-kick creating the chance itself for Duffy to net the winner and the midfielder couldn’t hide his delight at helping the winner.

“I wanted to hang it up at the back post and it was for Dan (Cleary) but Georgie (Kelly) got there first..it’s not how we wanted it to go!  But it doesn’t matter once we got the result that we wanted and when they come off it’s good.

“I am just happy to make an impact. When you aren’t starting you have to come off the bench and do something. You have to offer something else than what has gone on before and I have managed to do that. I want to continue to have an effect like that.

“I am happy to help the team in whatever way I can.”

Murray is a new recruit for the 2019 season and despite the overall group reaching their fifth Cup final in a row, this is his first with Dundalk and indeed his first final of this kind in his career.

The former Ireland U21 star reiterated that he came here to win trophies and is pleased to have achieved that in his first campaign however has his sights set on more.

“I said when I came here that this is what I wanted to do – I came here to win trophies and play in Europe. We have won two trophies and I have played in Europe so I am three quarters of the way there now. I have had a few knocks and setbacks but I am feeling good now.

“I want to do it all again and the FAI Cup Final will be my first final like that so it’s something to look forward to but we want to go there and win. I have come over here and achieved a lot and I want to achieve even more.

“We have a big end of season coming up. We aren’t going to ease off even though we have won the league and into the final. There’s places in the final side up for grabs and these games are important for that.

“I want to stake a claim now for the rest of the season and see where it gets me. I hopefully have given myself a chance to start in the next few games. I am just glad to be back fit and feeling good again. ”