Daly Confident Of FAI Cup Success

dalyMick Daly is no stranger to the big occasions since he joined Drogheda United and heads into Sunday’s FAI Cup Final clash with Sligo Rovers full of confidence.

The Drogheda United star knows how if you fail to prepare, you can prepare to fail. But he insists the Drogs have thoroughly prepared and are fully ready to battle Ian Baraclough’s men at the Aviva.

“It’s the biggest game of the year.” said Mick. “preparation is everything. We have to eat, sleep and drink right. The cup final is not a one day thing, those that win the cup don’t just turn up on the day without having prepared.”

It’s public knowledge that manager Mick Cooke is leaving Drogheda United come the end of the season and Sunday will be his last game in charge of the side, but, there is no talk of that in the United changing room. “Mick hasn’t said one word about it.”

“Everything is being put off until the end of the season, even the players talking to other clubs have been told to leave it off until the end of the season. Full concentration is on the cup final on Sunday.”

Sligo Rovers hold the advantage of having won the cup more recently than their opposition. But, Drogheda want to top off this season with a cup win and a place in the Europa League next summer.

However, come Sunday Daly expects a certain Drogs legend to shine as he backed Declan ‘Fabio’ O’Brien to lead his side to glory. “I wouldn’t be here without Fabio.”

“You speak about legends like Kevin Hunt at Bohemians, Fabio’s name comes into that category. He’s a top top player and one of the best strikers in the league, he reached 20 goals this season which is wonderful.

He scored a cracker against Bohemians last weekend. If we put it on a plate for him, he’ll score the goal no problem. We have to provide for him. His experience is invaluable to our side.”

Drogheda United progressed to the final in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday after beating Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk at Hunky Dorys Park. They were facing the winners of the later semi-final of Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers. Mick himself was delighted they are now facing Sligo, rather than facing Shamrock Rovers. “I’m sick of playing them.”

“Don’t get me wrong, man for man, they are a top top side and the best team in the league. They under-performed. I’m just delighted we don’t face them in another final, no disrespect to Sligo Rovers, I’m just delighted.”

Drogheda United will be relieved they are not facing Shamrock Rovers, who pipped them to both the EA Sports Cup (2-0) and the Setanta Cup (7-1) this season.

United have certainly done their research on Sligo Rovers’ danger-men, but, Mick is confident. “We know their danger-men.”

“I know I will have a tough game. Even their full backs, like Alan Keane, turns into a winger and is a top top player. We have top players at this club too, however, we are not afraid.”

Daly has assured us we’ll be seeing the FAI Cup travel to Boyneside come the final whistle on Sunday. “We’ll do it for us and our families then we’ll do it for the fans. We firmly believe we’ll do it.”

Image courtesy of DroghedaUnited.ie

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