If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
That was Dane Massey’s mantra as he left the Aviva Stadium on Sunday evening.
While Dundalk missed out on what would have been the first treble in the club’s history following a penalty shoot-out defeat to Shamrock Rovers, the left back wants his side to come back and try to do it all again next season.
“It’s disappointing,” he said afterwards.
“We’ve had an extremely successful year. To get to the final of the Cup and lose on penos is tough but the way we fought back at the end, you have to take great pride in it. Mickey Duffy with the last kick of the game basically to claw us level and I really believed that our name was on the Cup then but it wasn’t to be. Penos is a lottery really.”
Despite the 4-2 defeat in the shoot-out, Massey said his side can be proud of their efforts this year and called on them to aim for the treble again in 2020.
“It’s not a bad season,” he said.
“We’ve won the league, we’ve won a Cup and we’re in the Unite the Union final next week but the lads are disappointed. There was an opportunity to get the treble there and we’ve let that pass by but hopefully next year we can set our goals again,” he said.