Sunday 20 May 2018

Webster unfazed by Cup drought as Hoops dream

Shamrock Rovers' David Webster. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Shamrock Rovers' David Webster. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Barry Lennon

Shamrock Rovers' defender David Webster insists history doesn't weigh heavily on the Hoops despite the club's FAI Cup drought of late.

Rovers, who face Cork City in tonight's quarter-final in Tallaght, have claimed the trophy a record 24 times but last saw success in 1987.

The club will look for some joy in the competition after a disappointing season which saw their title hopes dashed and Pat Fenlon depart after a failed European campaign.

"I've only been here two years but for a club like Rovers but (the recent record) is not good enough," Webster says.

"We are not thinking about it, we are not thinking about getting to the final or anything like that. It (the history) doesn't really play on our minds. Although, it might later on though."

The 27-year-old will hope for better luck than his last meeting with Cork City in April when Rovers endured a 2-0 defeat at Turner's Cross.

Meanwhile, Dundalk's Robbie Benson was named as the SWAI/Airtricity player of the month as he returns to his former club UCD in the Cup this evening.

The midfielder gilded the Lilywhites' campaign in Europe when he registered on the scoreboard against Legia Warsaw and Bate Borisov.

Benson can add the award to his achievements, which also include securing 600 points in the Leaving Cert while playing for his native Athlone Town.

Irish Independent

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