Manner of defeat hits Lilywhites' Boyle hard
A summons to the Ireland squad for training ahead of Saturday's World Cup tie in Vienna will be some compensation for Dundalk man Andy Boyle following his side's FAI Cup final defeat.
But Boyle admits that the loss in extra time to Cork City will still be hard to take for a side who had dreams of a 'double double' shattered when Seán Maguire popped up to score the winner.
"It was hard to take. To lose any Cup final is devastating but to lose it in that manner, in the last minute, is really tough," Boyle told the Herald, with the Dubliner planning on hooking up with the Irish squad in Portmarnock later this evening.
"I know Cork had a good 20-minute spell in the second half but overall I thought we were the better side, we created more chances.
"But all that matters in a Cup final is who wins at the end.
"Cup finals aren't always the most expansive of games, it's all about who goes out and wins it. You could have said the same last year when we won it, it wasn't to be for us last night so good luck to Cork," added Boyle.
"If one of our chances had gone in we'd have been hailed as brilliant but that's just the way it is.
"In the (English) Premier League, people talk about teams having a hangover from European games but that wasn't the case for us. We didn't play poorly or anything."