AFTER waiting 35 years for the league trophy to come west, Sligo Rovers fans could possibly wait another week or two before the title is sent their way.
But the current crop of players, aiming to become the first Sligo side since Billy Sinclair's men of '77 to become champions of Ireland, plan to finish off the job as soon as possible by securing the league title today.
Long-time leaders of the league table this season, Sligo now have the finishing line in sight and while there are three games left in the league campaign, they know that a win today at home to St Patrick's Athletic would guarantee them the title, no matter what happens for the rest of this month.
"We want to finish it off today and not wait any longer," says Sligo goalkeeper Gary Rogers ahead of the visit of his former club today.
"It's in our own hands as things stand today, but if we lose to Pat's it could be gone from us as it's not in our own hands any more. If we lost to Pat's then even if we beat Drogheda next week it's still not guaranteed. All that matters is today; if we get the result we want, a win, then we are champions and you can have no greater motivation than that."
Beaten just once in the league all season, Sligo have been by far the best side in the country this term but there were some murmurings that they were possibly beginning to run out of steam
With two 0-0 draws in their last three games, Pat's have dropped just two points from their last six games, making things a bit tighter.
But Rogers laughs at the idea that Rovers have hit an end-of-season blip.
"People said were have been a bit jittery in the last while but, to me, going down to Cork and getting a draw is not a bad result. Cork is a very hard place to go and getting anything there is a bonus," he says.
"It all comes down to today. Pat's have been in very good form of late, they had a good win in the Cup and it's great for them to get to the Cup final.
"But don't forget that we're on a decent run too; we're happy with the way we're playing and if we can bring our best form into the game there's no reason why we can't go on and win the game, win the title.
"We have put in a lot of hard work to get here. This squad of players is very hungry for a league medal and we don't intend to throw it away now.
"It takes a lot to get over the finishing line but we can do that; we don't need favours from anyone else or need to rely on results.
"If we win the game we win the league and today we just have to go out and do that," added the Meath native.