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Sunday 17 November 2019

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Cup win can be start of something big: Bradley

FAI Cup final: Shamrock Rovers 1-1 Dundalk (Rovers win 4-2 on pens)

Cheer: Lee Grace of Shamrock Rovers celebrates following the FAI Cup Final win over Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium
Cheer: Lee Grace of Shamrock Rovers celebrates following the FAI Cup Final win over Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium

Stephen Bradley says his Shamrock Rovers side have league success in their sights after they finally ended their 32-year wait for the FAI Cup.

Rovers and Dundalk were level after 90 minutes and also after 30 minutes of extra time a penalty shoot out saw them win 4-2 on penalties, thanks largely to Alan Mannus' save from Daniel Cleary's effort.

"The biggest delight that it's gone," Bradley said of the Cup final hoodoo.

"We have to do a lot to be spoken about like that (as legends) but I believe this group has the quality and belief and desire to really push on.

"I'm so proud of the group, so proud of everything they've done. But I think this is only the start for them.

"We want to go and build on this now, and win wherever we can win next year.

"To go to the next level, to go and win leagues. You have to win something, you have to get that winning feeling, you have to understand how to get something across the line. We've been searching for that.

"They (Dundalk) have it and now we have it," added Bradley.

"Dundalk understood how to win big games and now we do. You can't give that to people.

"You have to earn that, and we've earned that."

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