Dundalk goalscoring hero Sean Gannon admitted it was “one box ticked” after picking up his third EA Sports Cup winners’ medal with the club at the Brandywell on Saturday night.
However, the right back refused to be drawn on talk of a possible treble for Vinny Perth’s side, insisting there was still plenty of football to be played if Dundalk are to replicate the Derry City side of 1989 in claiming all three major domestic trophies.
Rather than get ahead of themselves, Gannon insists all focus now turns to this Friday’s trip to the RSC to face Waterford FC, where victory for the Lilywhites would set up a potential title winning clash with Shamrock Rovers on Monday night at Oriel Park.
“There’s a lot of football to be played,” said the 27-year-old when asked about a possible treble after the game.
“We’ve a tough draw in the semi-final. We’ve to go up to Sligo and they’re good at home and we still have a lot of league games to play so there’s no talk of anything like that.
“We’ll still keep taking it game by game and we’ve a big game now on Friday against Waterford so we need to look ahead to that now.”
The full back, who is expected to be a contender for this year’s PFAI Player of the Year award, admitted he was relieved to leave the Brandywell with the EA Sports Cup having trailed twice against Derry before eventually emerging victorious via the lottery of a penalty shoot out.
“I thought we made very hard work of it,” said Gannon.
“We probably didn’t play too well on the night. I thought against 10 men we should have kept the ball better and worked more openings but it’s a cup final and every game we played against Derry there has been nothing in it so we needed to just get over the line and thankfully we did.
“We did it the hard way but the main thing is that we’re going home with the trophy.”
Gannon doesn’t score too many goals but he was in the right place at the right time to finish from close range to make it 2-2 on 69 minutes after Peter Cherrie failed to hold onto an initial effort from Michael Duffy.
Asked what he was doing up there, he couldn’t conceal his grin.
“Vinny told me to push higher up the pitch. He likes me to join in attacks and luckily it fell to me.
“To be honest, I wouldn’t care who scored once we left with the trophy and we have. Winning this tournament was a goal of ours and we’ve ticked that box.”
One box ticked, two to go.