THE beauty of sport is the spectrum of emotions which it can evoke. Drogheda's Mick Daly certainly experienced the full range. The full-back was initially devastated to find out he would be suspended for the cup, before scoring an equaliser in Donegal which meant he would be eligible for the final, and then there was the final itself.
"I had a great week last week, it couldn't have gone any better, it's the highs and lows of football but I'm gutted now, decisions went against us, I don't want to make excuses but we had chances, we should have taken our own chances but when lads are handballing the ball on the line and the ref says he didn't mean it, it was going to be a goal and it should have been a penalty, it's hard to take," he said.
It's been no secret that gates have been down recently at Hunky Dorys Park, but the level of support the team received on Saturday was a small ray of light in an otherwise cloudy day.
"It was brilliant to see them coming out, the amount of fans who came up to support us was fantastic, at times this season our home gates haven't been good enough, it feels like the fans are leaving us, but today it was great fair play to everyone who travelled, we are just sorry we couldn't win for you. "
Although Drogheda went behind early on, the defender felt that they were the better team on the day, just lacking a bit of luck.
"I think in the second-half the delivery was much better, we played much better and improved our deliveries but we just didn't get the breaks and they defended really well, credit where it's due, some clearances off the line and the keeper played phenomenally."
Daly also spoke about the influence of Cooke on the team and he credited the manager with the cup runs that the team have had this season.
"He brought a bunch of players in here, we aren't on big money but we all love playing for this club."
Daly did speak about the presence of Gary O'Neill and how the striker continued to be around to offer support to the team, "The first thing he said to us when he found out was, "I'd do anything to get out of training." "But he comes into us and you'd never think anything was wrong with him, he will beat this for sure."