Monday 27 May 2019

Goal hero hoping to flip final record

James Rogers

Patrick McEleney is determined to improve his Cup record after firing Dundalk into a fourth final in as many years with the only goal of the game against UCD on Friday night.

The Derry man produced a moment of magic four minutes before the break to beat a number of players before rifling a shot past Conor Kearns to the top left hand corner to book Stephen Kenny's side another outing in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday November 4th.

After winning the FAI Cup with Derry City in 2012, McEleney has been on the losing side in the 2014, 2016 and 2017 finals. This year he's determined to be a winner though.

'I've only won one and lost three so I need to flip that around a little bit,' he said.

'The last two defeats were sickners but we'll look to try and fix that now. It's in the heads of everyone to do that.

'It's a nice way to get there by scoring the winner. It was a tough game and it was probably going to take something like that to break them down and thankfully it was me who got it done in the end.'

His strike against the Students marked a brilliant week for the 26-year-old, having also netted his first goal since returning to the club from Oldham Athletic in the summer to pretty much wrap up the league title against his native Derry on Tuesday.

Ominously for the rest of the league, the midfielder says he is still a bit off his best yet.

'I'm still not where I want to be,' he said.

''m still a bit off it but I will get there. It's tough coming in when the lads are at their peak.

'It's been a brilliant week for me with the goal midweek against Derry as well. I have been trying to pitch in with goals since coming back and I hadn't scored so that's a big one tonight and we can look forward to the final now.

'It's a nice way to come back, to win a league title and have a cup final to look forward to but it's nice to be able to pitch in a little bit. It makes you feel a bit more part of it,' said McEleney.

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