Osborne sees bright future for home club
PLAYING for his home-town club, victory in the play-off was especially satisfying for Eoghan Osborne who was in the thick of the celebrations at the final whistle in the RSC.
'It's an unbelievable feeling,' he remarked after emerging from a buzzing dressing-room.
'We left it to the last minute [to secure our Premier Division place], but this club is way too big to be going down and we're delighted.
'The boys put it in tonight big time. We absolutely worked our socks off. We let ourselves a lot to do in Oriel Park with 10 men, but to come down here and win 2-0 is absolutely brilliant and the fans were brilliant as well.'
There was no question, he said, of playing an overly defensive game against the First Division hopefuls.
'The tactic was to go for it,' he responded emphaticaly. 'We weren't afraid of them at all. We knew we had 11 men on the pitch for the full 90 minutes and we knew we could beat them if we played.
'They've some very good players up front. Maguire up front and Dempsey are absolutely brilliant players and they gave it everything at the start.
'We knew they'd come out all guns blazing because they had the home support, a couple of thousand people cheering them on, but we managed to hold them to very little.
'We were comfortable enough and I don't think they threatened us too much.
'They got in behind us a couple of times, but once we got the goal we were confident that Griffin and Rafter up front would do the business and we'd get more chances. We could have beaten them by three or four with the chances we had in the end, but we'd take one or two any day.
'Rafter's finishing was brilliant. He's capable of doing that in training and potentially he can be one of the best strikers in the league by a mile - him and Griff up front.'
Dundalk had a bit of luck on their side shortly after half-time when Maguire lured Liam Burns into an ill-advised challenge in the box and referee Padraig Sutton booked the Waterford player for trying to win a penalty by devious means.
Osborne opined: 'I don't think there was much in it. That's my opinion - I never got to see it again - but I think he went down very easy and he was waiting for something to come in. Just desserts!'
As for the future, the 20-yearold former Colaiste Ris student from Togher feels the prospects for Dundalk are much brighter, although there is a question mark about whether he will remain for a third season at Oriel Park.
'We shouldn't have left in this late, but we're still in the Premier League and I think Dundalk will never be in this position again. I think they will push on. You see what Drogheda can do, so why can't we do the same?
'I don't know about my plans. I've college to look forward to; I might go travelling. I'm not thinking about it too much, but I don't really want to leave so if it's not Dundalk I don't think I'll be playing.'