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Sportstar Awards - Shamrock Rovers win FAI Cup

The journey from the canvas back to your feet after absorbing a gut-wrenching blow is as much about the mind as the body. So in this year’s FAI Cup final, when Shamrock Rovers placed one hand on the trophy after Aaron McEeneff’s penalty with a minute to play, but then conceded an injury-time equaliser to Dundalk, it took something special, something rare, for the players not to slump with self-pity. They didn’t. Stephen Bradley’s men rallied in extra-time and in the kill-or-be-killed arena that is the penalty shootout, they showed nerves of steel to slot home four for four, ending a 32-year FAI Cup famine.

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