Friday 15 December 2017

Dillon's relishing League Cup final date with Celtic

Sean Dillon of Dundee United shakes hands with Donervorn Daniels of Aberdeen
Sean Dillon of Dundee United shakes hands with Donervorn Daniels of Aberdeen

Seán Dillon sat at home watching the Hampden hostilities between Celtic and Rangers safe in the knowledge that his place in the Scottish League Cup Final was assured, writes JOE McHUGH.

Twenty-four hours before the Glasgow side's squared up, Dillon had captained Dundee United to victory over Aberdeen to book a place in next month's showpiece final

The journey from Clondalkin to Hampden has been colourful and unconventional with the full-back enjoying every game in a tangerine shirt after his Shelbourne career came to a shuddering halt in 2007.

"Craig Levein came over to watch the last game of the season at Shelbourne and we won the league," Dillon recalled.

"I'd joined them on a three year contract from Longford Town but we stopped getting paid and eight weeks after winning the league I was a Dundee United player.

"I've never really planned things in my career but things have worked out well for me.

"I started off playing for Moorfield United for a few years then had a season with Cherry Orchard before joining Aston Villa. I had three years there, I loved my time with them but found myself back home and signed on part-time with Longford Town and went to college.

"I was studying architecture then took a job with Exel Logistics, I never really enjoyed that and signed for Shelbourne."

Dillon won the Scottish Cup in 2010 and after Saturday's win against Aberdeen is looking forward to the chance of adding another medal to his collection.

"We're delighted to have a final to look forward to but no one will be going overboard, we've not won anything yet," he added.

"Coming back from being a goal down at Hampden was a great feeling, there's a good rivalry between the two clubs and I've got a few friends in the Aberdeen side.

"They've put in a challenge to Celtic in the league and deserve all the praise that they've been getting.You need a bit of luck no matter how hard you work or how well you play, maybe we got the breaks on Saturday but all that matters is that we're into a final and it's something for the whole club to look forward to."

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