Robinson Hopes To End Season With Special Cup Win


Shamrock Rovers haven’t had the best of seasons but Hoops midfielder Shane Robinson has vowed to finish the season by lifting the FAI Cup.

The Waterford native was in buoyant mood after a brace from Karl Sheppard and a Mark Quigley goal saw the Hoops beat Bray Wanderers 3-0 in the league on Monday evening.

Rovers now shift their focus to Sunday’s televised FAI Cup semi final clash with Sligo Rovers.

Robinson himself knows how tough the game will be but hopes he’ll be celebrating come the final at Aviva Stadium.  “It’ll be a tough week in training as everyone wants to play. It would be special to win the FAI Ford Cup. We haven’t won it for a while at Shamrock Rovers and I want to win it.”

“We have played down there quite a few times already this season and we have found it tough. We were lucky to get a draw out of the last visit.  We’re a lot different in the cups however” , said Robinson , who has already lifted the Setanta Cup and EA Sports Cup this season.

“In the league we haven’t been playing to the best of our abilities, but, in the cup we have looked a totally different team at times. It would be great to take the victory back up the road home.”

Robinson touched on the importance for the club to transpire their cup form into league surroundings as there has been a stark contrast between both.

The squad had a meeting about their form and they all agreed that they weren’t playing to the best of their abilities and the team needed to work better for everyone.

“We had a good chat a few weeks back about working harder for each other” said Robinson.

“We demanded more from ourselves. Touch wood, it’s worked so far. ” However, the former Drogheda United man was pleased with how the last few weeks had been for himself and his club.

“Take the Limerick game out and I think we have played well the last ten weeks. If you want to win the title you cannot afford many nights off, and I personally think we have had too many nights off ourselves. It is no surprise the best team wins the league. ”

“If you are after the league title you have to be scrapping for every point, you cannot be inconsistent like ourselves.” .

“It has been disappointing in the league that’s for sure. I think the bonuses are winning both cups, even more so winning them in Tallaght like we did. For now, we have to be happy with fourth place for this season. We have had a busy schedule, we are playing a load of games. Every player wants to be out there on Sunday. Everyone is fighting for their place.”

Should Shamrock Rovers manage to beat Sligo Rovers on Sunday evening they will face the winners of Drogheda United and Dundalk in the final at Aviva Stadium on November 4th.

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