Wednesday 13 December 2017

O'Donnell deserves to lift trophy – Boyle

Stephen O'Donnell, Dundalk
Stephen O'Donnell, Dundalk

STAND-in Dundalk skipper Andy Boyle has said he will let the injured Stephen O'Donnell lift the trophy if the Lilywhites come out on top of tomorrow's Setanta Cup final with Sligo Rovers.

The Louth club were rocked by the loss of their captain O'Donnell to a cruciate injury for the rest of the season and, with vice-captain Mark Rossiter on the bench, Boyle has taken the armband in recent weeks.

However, the Dubliner will encourage O'Donnell to pick up the cup if Stephen Kenny's men get the job done against a Sligo group that has come back into form. The unlucky midfielder scored a crucial injury time goal in Coleraine that set Dundalk on their way to the decider.

"He's been our captain and deserves it more than anyone to lift that trophy," said Boyle, who is looking to erase memories of his last final appearance – Shelbourne's unfortunate FAI Cup reverse at the hands of Sligo Rovers in 2011.

"If we were to do it, I'd leave it to him. It's probably (about) getting him up to do it! He's a big loss, definitely. He has been a great captain for us and he has been great on the pitch. His performances have led by example."

Meanwhile, Dundalk have drawn Kenny's former club Derry City in the quarter-finals of the EA Sports Cup. Shamrock Rovers host Cork City in the other all-Premier clash, while First Division sides Wexford Youths and Galway FC will lock horns. Promotion chasing Longford welcome Bohemians.

EA Sports Cup Draw

Derry City v Dundalk, Wexford Youths v Galway FC, Longford Town v Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers v Cork City.

*Ties will take place on May 26 or 27.

Irish Independent

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