Shields Focused on Waterford After Great EA SPORTS Cup Triumph
Dundalk claimed their seventh EA SPORTS Cup on Saturday evening with a penalty shootout win over Derry City.
The match ended in a 2-2 draw in tough conditions on Foyleside with both sides playing out a thriller in front of a sell out crowd at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.
Dundalkfc.com caught up with Chris Shields after the victory and he was full of praise for his teammates, hailing the sides character to turn the final around.
“It was a great win on Saturday although we did make it difficult for ourselves on the night. We had two sloppy enough goals given away but we showed brilliant ability to come back twice after falling behind early in both halves.
“It showed the quality that exists within the squad and I think we deserved it on the night. Even before they had the man sent off, I think that we deserved it and we were dominating the game in the lead up to that.
“It was a great night for us, we were delighted to win it and great to have the trophy. ”
The Lilywhites came from behind twice and it went all the way to sudden death in the penalty shootout.
It was in fact the second shootout that Dundalk have been involved in this year, after winning one in Riga in the UEFA Champions League back in July.
Shields was tasked with putting away the winning spot kick and he had noticed that the quality of the penalties which had gone before him however he was confident going up from 12 yards and spoke of the importance of continuing to win trophies at the club.
“There was a good standard of penalty before me! I was happy to take it, I had no problem and I was confident enough going up to take it. I knew what it meant if it went in and I was lucky enough to stick it away.
“It was good to get another trophy on the mantlepiece at Oriel. It’s important to keep winning silverware and any trophy that is on offer to us we want to win. I happened to have the kick that won it which is great.
“Hopefully that is the first of many over the next few weeks and we have taken every competition seriously this year. Even the President’s Cup back in February, we went down to Cork with the mentality to win it.
“We did that and that has carried into the other competitions. It is quite satisfying because all of the squad have played through the EA SPORTS Cup so it really was a squad effort. ”
There is no time to rest and we continue our league programme on Friday with a match in front of the RTE 2 television cameras at the RSC in Waterford.
We faced off against The Blues last week at the same venue in the extra.ie FAI Cup quarter-final which we won 3-1.
The Dublin native is looking for a repeat result on Friday but insists that it won’t be easy and is expecting a difficult encounter in the south east.
“It’s another big game for on Friday. We are away to Waterford and it’s on television. Teams always raise their games when they are playing on the TV so we are expecting a tough night at the RSC. It always is.
“Waterford had a good win last Friday over Bohemians so their confidence will be sky high. We have played them recently enough too so they will be wanting revenge on that.
“We are going to Waterford in the right frame of mind though. We are confident, we are looking forward to the game and hopefully we can get another big win. “