Dundalk eye more trophies
DUNDALK'S crop of 2014 have the honour of ending the club's 12-year wait for a major trophy thanks to their win in the EA Sports Cup final, and now the aim is to add more silverware and bring the league title 'home' for the first time in two decades.
Stephen Kenny kept up his remarkable record in the League Cup by winning it for the fifth time as Dundalk triumphed over Shamrock Rovers 3-2 at Oriel Park on Saturday night, Pat Hoban scoring the crucial goal on a night when left back Dane Massey delivered two goals.
Kenny was barracked by a section of the Rovers support over his ill-fated spell in charge of Rovers but this night was a triumph for the Tallaght native against his former club and there's still the matter of the league title which is in reach.
"Dundalk hasn't had success as a town or a football club for a long time so it's a big deal to bring this trophy home," says Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan.
"But we have to carry on now and finish things off in the league. It's great to win a cup and you could see from the smiles on people's faces on Saturday night what it means. But the league is our priority.
"We have won one cup final but we have five cup finals left in the league now, UCD away on Friday is the priority.
"I won a First Division medal before but for me this is the first senior trophy I won so it's a big deal for me and most of the lads are in the same boat," says Ireland U21 cap Daryl Horgan.
"Saturday wasn't our best performance of the season and it wasn't an eye-catching display from either team but in a cup final it's all about the result."
Dominant for so long in the league this season, Dundalk looked very flat in the first half and could have been a few goals behind at the break. Kenny's side stormed into the lead with two goals early in the first half but Horgan says there was no ranting from Kenny at half time.
"He had a few words but he was calm," says Horgan. "We hadn't played well in the first half and we knew that, it was 1-1 at that stage so we were in the game, he just told us to go out and do better and we did that."