SETANTA CUP PREVIEW: Deadly Dane hoping to shake Sligo yet again

Gavin McLaughlin

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Gavin McLaughlin

SETANTA CUP PREVIEW: Deadly Dane hoping to shake Sligo yet again
Dane Massey is hoping that lightning can strike for a third time when Dundalk meet Sligo Rovers in Saturday’s Setanta Cup final in Tallaght.

Dane Massey is hoping that lightning can strike for a third time when Dundalk meet Sligo Rovers in Saturday’s Setanta Cup final in Tallaght.

The Dundalk full-back has settled two of the last three encounters between the sides, scoring the only goal in Dundalk’s victories at The Showgrounds in May 2013 and in March of this year.

The odds of the game finishing Dundalk 1-0 Sligo Rovers, goal scored by Dane Massey? 50/1 with some bookmakers.

“I’d definitely take that, it’d be great,” said Massey with a smile.

“We’re all looking forward to it now. It’s the first cup final for a lot of us but we’ll be treating it as just another game.”

The Massey family will not be treating it as just another game. The 25-year-old lives close to the Tallaght Stadium and he will have a big following backing him and Dundalk come 4pm on Saturday.

“It’s a proud day for my family and they will all be there,” he said. “There’ll be a few of my mates there aswell to cheer me on. Tallaght is only about two seconds from my house so I’ll have plenty of them supporting Dundalk.”

The Lilywhites go into Saturday’s final full of confidence following a 4-0 victory over Cork City at Oriel Park on Friday night.

The result lifted Stephen Kenny’s men back to the top of the table and Massey said that adding the Setanta Cup to the cabinet in early May would only help their bid for the league title.

“If we can win a trophy this early in the season then we can only push on,” he added.

“We have the first round of games behind us and we are top of the league. To win the Setanta Cup would really give us a huge lift.”