As Dundalk prepare to face Sligo Rivers in Saturday’s Setanta Cup final, midfielder Richie Towell has played down suggestions that there is bad blood between the respective camps.
Towell and his team-mates came in for some heavy criticism from Sligo Rovers captain Gavin Peers and midfielder Kieran Djilali during Dundalk’s 1-0 win at the Showgrounds in March.
The Bit o’Red duo were providing co-commentary on the game for a local radio station and Towell, in particular, attracted most of their barbs with Djilali saying it was retribution for comments made in a national paper by the Lilywhites player last season.
However, Towell denied those claims and refused to get involved in a war of words ahead of the showpiece in Tallaght.
“We’ll let them talk,” he said. “Let’s see if they can do their talking on the pitch. We always do it out there.We beat them twice last year and we beat them already this year. I was obviously playing in the game but a few of the lads told me afterwards what they were saying. We’re top of the league though so we just need to concentrate on what we’ve been doing.”
Saturday’s game will be the first final for the majority of the Dundalk squad but Towell said it was important that they didn’t let the occasion get the better of them.
“We need to try and treat it like a normal game. There’s a trophy at stake but we’re familiar with the surroundings of Tallaght.
“We’re after working really hard to get to the final. There’s a lot of hype around it. We haven’t won anything in a while and it would be nice to get the first trophy under our belts.
“We had a good season last year but we were really disappointed not to get some silverware from it. If we can get the first trophy on board then hopefully it will be like the domino effect and we go on a roll. It’s in our own hands now.”