Dundalk may be in the midst of a three game winning run against Sligo Rovers but winger Daryl Horgan says that means nothing when the sides do battle in Tallaght on Saturday.
Two wins at the Showgrounds and one in Oriel Park imply that Dundalk know how to get it done against this Sligo team, but Horgan says past meetings will be irrelevant on this occasion.
“Genuinely, all form and runs or whatever goes right out the window. You don’t even consider it. Really it is the one day and one game where whoever plays better will get the win, or that is usually the way at least. We want to make sure it’s us,” the Galway man said.
“It’s so exciting. I’ve never played in a final myself and am really looking forward to it. It should be a great experience and a tough game.”
Horgan is an ex Bit o’Red player himself, having played there for half a season in 2011.
His stay at The Showgrounds was brief as his desire to get more time on the pitch wasn’t guaranteed in the west.
“It is against an old team but I haven’t played in Sligo in a while which doesn’t make it too much of an issue for me,” he reflected. “They are on a good run of late and have been playing well after a start that I would say is unlucky more than anything else.
“They are flying now and that makes it tricky. When I was there it was for six months and to be honest it probably wasn’t the right move for me.
“I was very young going into a very good team and I wanted to play which didn’t suit me as much as I would have liked but I had a good time there alongside some serious players.”
Another talking point ahead of the cup final is the inexperience factor that Dundalk have in comparison with their Rovers counterparts but Horgan, thoughtful about the scenario, can see both sides of the coin.
“You can argue both points of it,” added the speedy winger. “There is a great feeling around the town. This club haven’t won anything in 12 years which is madness for a club the size of Dundalk and we have that excitement and desire.
“But you can say the other side of it too where they have been in a lot of finals lately and won them too. What it comes down to is on the day. That’s the joy of it.
“The chance to win a trophy this early is great,” he added. “It could kick us on a in a big way if we get this experience of winning for going forward.”