Bradley targets cup win as vital ‘stepping stone’
Stephen Bradley sees a win in today’s final for Shamrock Rovers as an important stepping stone to greater things.
“I’ve made no secret that our next thing was to win something as a group,” says the 32-year-old, who won pretty much everything in the Irish game bar this competition during his own playing days.
“When we sat down to set our targets it was to beat the top teams and go on certain runs. We’ve done that and our next one is to win something as a group. I believe it grows the group very, very quickly.
“Stephen [Kenny] showed that by winning this [in 2014 with Dundalk] and I think it showed with Cork last year winning the FAI Cup.
“It grows a belief within the squad, within the whole clubs, that you can go and win things as a group. The sooner we can do that the better. Saturday is our first opportunity.”
But Dundalk midfielder Robbie Benson believes he and his team-mates are back playing at their best level now.
“We’re not just winning games at the minute, we’re really winning by two, three four goals. It’s definitely the best we’ve played and hopefully we can keep it going.”
Dundalk are without Dylan Connolly while Dane Massey (knee) and Tommy Stewart (hip) face late fitness tests.
Rovers, who announced a commitment of ¤180,000 from the FAI yesterday towards their academy, have Lee Grace cup-tied and Graham Burke out injured but Gary Shaw, Luke Byrne and Sean Boyd are all expected to be available.