Alessio Abibi is hoping his President’s Cup heroics are the start of many more great things.

The Albanian was the stand out performer as Dundalk beat Shamrock Rovers on penalties on Friday night as he denied both Rory Gaffney and Roberto Lopes in the shoot-out.

“It was a crazy game,” said Abibi afterwards.

The article as it appeared in The Argus on March 16th 2021

“I didn’t even know it went straight to penalties. When the 90 minutes finished, I went to the bench and they told me ‘now you can be the hero’. We showed we can do a great season.”

The 24-year-old, who said he couldn’t feel his hands from the 70th minute onwards due to the cold, was described as mad by team manager Shane Keegan afterwards but he took it in his stride.

“I’m crazy? Yeah, I’m happy to be crazy tonight. Did he say I’m crazy? It is because if you saw me during the penalties, I was enjoying this moment. I wasn’t, like, scared but I like to enjoy every moment and we play for this to enjoy. Maybe for this, he says I’m crazy.”

The game against Rovers was a good insight for him as to what to expect this season and now he is targeting a good start to the league campaign against Sligo this weekend.

“I know Shamrock is at a high level like us so the game was a good level too. We saw a lot of great things. It wasn’t easy when we were one man low but we showed we are better I think but let’s see what happens now starting from next week with the league.

“It’s important to start well,” he said.