Wednesday 25 April 2018

'Victory was for Andy'

ROVERS captain, Danny Ventre, and manager, Ian Baraclough, both dedicated Sunday's dramatic FAI Cup semi-final to the memory of groundsman, Andy Tiernan.

Andy passed away just days before Sunday's game.

"It was a very emotional week for everybody at the club," said Baraclough.

"All the players went to Andy's funeral on Friday.

"They all loved him. He was such a great man, a very important part of what Sligo Rovers are all about.

"We know his family willl miss him greatly.

"He was in our thoughts leading up to the match and I think the players really wanted to go out and do something special in his memory.

"This victory is for him"

Ventre also said it was important to remember Andy at this time.

"We had a minute's applause before the game.

"It was very emotional.

"We all miss Andy a lot and we wanted to win this game for him.

"I think that drove us on"

Reflecting on the game, Ventre said it was important to set the right tempo from the start.

"Richie Ryan and a few others can do a lot of damage so we had to restrict them. I felt we put our mark on the game early on and the first goal was really important.

"The ball just flew across the area and I took a chance and got in there. I didn't make great contact but the ball ended up in the net and that's all that matters"

Ventre has two FAI Cup medals to his credit and would dearly love a third one.

"The Cup is always special to this club," he said.

"I've been fortunate to have won two medals during my time here and I'd love go get a third one.

"Playing in a Cup final at the Aviva is a bit special so it's great to have that to look forward to"

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