Monday 20 November 2017

Elation and devastation in equal measure at heart-stopping finale

Suzanne Dunne from Kintogher followng the FAI Ford Cup match between Sligo Rovers & Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Suzanne Dunne from Kintogher followng the FAI Ford Cup match between Sligo Rovers & Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Sligo Rovers fans (L to r) Eamon wimsey & Pierce Henry both from Tubbercurry followng the FAI Ford Cup match between Sligo Rovers & Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Sligo Rovers fans (L to r) Eamon wimsey & Pierce Henry both from Tubbercurry followng the FAI Ford Cup match between Sligo Rovers & Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Aaron Greene, Sligo Rovers, encourages his son Jack, aged 4, to lift the FAI Ford Cup after the game. FAI Ford Cup Final, Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Danny North, Sligo Rovers, celebrates with his daughter Mia Grace, aged 2, after the game. FAI Ford Cup Final, Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Sligo Rovers fans (L to R) Declan O' Boyle and Daire o Boyle (10) from Barroe, Tony Kelly from Strandhill Road & Jim Kelly from Kilmaimham followng the FAI Ford Cup match between Sligo Rovers & Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
(L to r) Shane Mckeon (10), Conor McKeon (6) & Rory o Donnell all from Leitrim followng the FAI Ford Cup match between Sligo Rovers & Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Pictured are (LtoR) Grace O'Boyle, Emma Scott, Aoife Killgallen, Hilary Waters, Gemma Carter and Hazel McGowan before the FAI Ford Cup final where Drogheda United lost to Sligo Rovers at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: El Keegan
Pictured are cousins Lorcan and Kenneth Mitchell, 9, from Ballina, Co Mayo before the FAI Ford Cup final where Drogheda United lost to Sligo Rovers at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: El Keegan
(L to r) Sligo Rovers fans Fleur Kinsella & Claire McManus both from Sligo town followng the FAI Ford Cup match between Sligo Rovers & Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Followng the FAI Ford Cup match between Sligo Rovers & Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
(L to r) Shane Mckeon (10), Conor McKeon (6) & Rory o Donnell all from Leitrim followng the FAI Ford Cup match between Sligo Rovers & Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Danny North, Sligo Rovers, with his daughter Mia Grace, celebrates with the FAI Ford Cup after the game. FAI Ford Cup Final, Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Pictured are Shannan Mulrooney, 20 from Ransboro, Sligo and Enya Clarke, 20, from Caltra, Sligo before the FAI Ford Cup final where Drogheda United lost to Sligo Rovers at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: El Keegan
Sligo Rovers players celebrate with the FAI Ford Cup after the game. FAI Ford Cup Final, Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Sligo Rovers players lift the FAI Ford Cup after the game. FAI Ford Cup Final, Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Anthony Elding, Sligo Rovers, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal. FAI Ford Cup Final, Drogheda United v Sligo Rovers, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
(L to r) Sean Kerrigan (11), Ciara Kerrigan(7) & Liam Kerrigan (13) all from Tubbercurry followng the FAI Ford Cup match between Sligo Rovers & Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
(L to r) Shane McKeon (10), Conor McKeon (6) & Rory O' Donnell all from Leitrim followng the FAI Ford Cup match between Sligo Rovers & Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
(L to R) Drogheda United fans Steve McMullen Glen Kelly, both from Blanchardstown, followng the FAI Ford Cup match between Sligo Rovers & Drogheda United at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Sam Griffin

THE FAI Cup Final traditionally produces many twists and turns but yesterday's cracker at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin is already being described as one of the greatest, after red cards, controversial refereeing decisions and late, late goals.

Sligo Rovers triumphed 3-2 over luckless Drogheda United following a heart-stopping finale. "I've been to games all season and in terms of drama that's as good as you'll get," said delighted Sligo supporter Declan O'Boyle, from Barroe.

"Over the whole 90 minutes the best team won. Credit to Drogheda United but for the 90 minutes played we had them under pressure for 60 minutes and deserved the win in the end."

SUPPORTERS

A 94th-minute winner was the icing on the cake for supporters in red after their team came from behind to claim their fifth FAI cup title. Among them were Fleur Kinsella and Claire McManus from Sligo, with Fleur sporting crutches and a leg cast.

"I broke my leg in three different places about a month ago playing rugby but there was absolutely no way I was going to miss the game," she said.

"It was definitely an emotional rollercoaster. In the first half I was sure we were going to lose, but in the second they brought it back," Claire said.

And there was only one name on the lips of grateful Sligo supporters as to who to thank for the heart-stopping win.

"I think definitely Danny North was the star performer. He brought it back when things really didn't look good," said Suzanne Dunne (25) from Kintogher.

But there was also devastation, especially as there was more than a hint of controversy about Sligo's second goal, with Drogheda players, and indeed fans, furious that referee Paul Tuite allowed the goal to stand.

Steve McMullen and Glen Kelly, friends of Drogs' star Mick Daly, said it would have been a different outcome with a different referee.

"I'm a bit sick. For the free kick I heard the referee never blew the whistle so that's a horrible way to go," Steve said.

Irish Independent

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