Monday 11 December 2017

Hoban hungry for success in his first final

Patrick Hoban strikes a mean pose as he looks forward to Saturday’s Setanta Cup Final against Sligo Rovers in Tallaght Stadium
Patrick Hoban strikes a mean pose as he looks forward to Saturday’s Setanta Cup Final against Sligo Rovers in Tallaght Stadium

James Rogers

DUNDALK striker Pat Hoban is confident that a victory in Saturday's Setanta Cup Final could prove the inspiration his side need to continue their fantastic start to the season and go on to claim the league title next October.

Like many of his teammates, the Galway-born striker is in his second season at Oriel Park. There have been more highs than lows in that time, but as good as things have been under Stephen Kenny, they lack the silverware to go along with the good memories.

However, Hoban said he feels that a victory over cup kings Sligo Rovers at the weekend could prove the catalyst for even greater successes down the line.

'It'd be nice to get our first trophy and then hopefully that could push us on to win even more this season because we definitely have the squad to go on and win things this year, so hopefully we can get the monkey off our back and win the trophy on Saturday and drive on then for the rest of the season.

'You could say they have all the experience of being in finals, but we're very hungry to get a bit of silverware, so we want to get a win and push on for the rest of the season.

'I think if we beat Sligo there'll be no stopping us for the rest of the season. I don't want to jinx it or anything, but it would push the lads on and it would be a good experience as well.'

Hoban is well aware, though, that Dundalk will get nothing easy against Ian Baraclough's side.

'Sligo are always a quality side and you'll not get anything handed to you. They're in a final for a reason as well, so it's going to be a tough test, but hopefully we'll come out with the victory,' he said.

The 22-year-old heads into the final on a high after a brace in Dundalk's 4-0 victory over Cork City last Friday, and he admits it was good to get back amongst the goals after a run of four matches without one.

'I hadn't scored since the UCD game. I thought I was playing well but I just hadn't been getting the goals, so it was great to get two against Cork. They were top of the league and we made them look mediocre. It could have been a lot more.

'We got the win we wanted and we can look forward to the final now. I haven't been in a final at senior level of football before, so we're all looking forward to it because it's a lot of the other lads' first finals as well.

'Hopefully we'll have a bit of silverware after it and it would be great for the fans as well,' he said.

The Argus

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