Wednesday 16 January 2019

Dane has Georgia on his mind after unforgettable week

James Rogers

With the league title all but secured against Derry City on Tuesday and another FAI Cup final place booked three days later, it's fair to say that this week is one that not too many will forget in a hurry.

Dane Massey certainly won't anyway as in between those two outstanding achievements, his partner Lisa gave birth to a baby girl named Georgia on Wednesday.

That meant that as he soaked up the congratulations at the full-time whistle against UCD on Friday night the 30-year-old had more reasons to smile than most.

'It's been a bit of a whirlwind of a week for me - we won the league, my daughter was born and then tonight we're into the final. It's been amazing,' he said.

'Georgia was four weeks early. My missus broke her waters watching the game against Derry here so I had to race home,' he revealed.

'The whole thing hasn't sunk in really yet. I'm still on cloud nine to be honest.'

Now that he has his little princess, Massey is looking forward to having her at the Aviva Stadium next month on FAI Cup final day.

'It's going to be special,' he smiled.

'Tonight I walked into the dressing room and they had a little Massey newborn Dundalk outfit on top of my own jersey which was a lovely thing for the club to do. It kind of hit home then but all my family will be at the Aviva and Georgia will as well so I'm really looking forward to that.'

And while becoming a dad is undoubtedly the biggest honour Massey will achieve this year, he insists he wants more.

'We set our sets high. At the start of this year we wanted to do the treble. Unfortunately we can't but not many teams do a double and we're all looking forward to it now.

'Losing the last two finals drives you on to win. We won it the first year and the celebrations we had coming back to the town was absolutely fantastic and we want to replicate that again. The last two years we've lost but everyone is just as hungry this year to go on and win it. There's a lot of players in there who haven't even played in the Aviva so we're looking forward to it.'

The good times are set to continue for Massey this week. Should he feature against St Patrick's Athletic on Friday night, it will be the 300th league appearance of his career with a point or more ensuring that the title is officially wrapped up.

'That's unbelievable. I never thought I'd reach that,' he said.

'I know it's more or less done but mathematically to officially do it will be nice. We'll be back in to work on Monday morning to try get over the line,' he said.

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