Having been denied a new club record twice by the crossbar in Athlone on Sunday, Dundalk striker David McMillan is hoping he can get the job done in Sunday’s FAI Cup final against Shamrock Rovers.
Just as he managed in 2017, the striker’s double took him to five FAI Cup goals for the season. This equaled the return of most Cup goals in a single season for the club as held by Gerry McCourt (1930–31); Ronnie Henderson (1948–49) Joe Martin (1951–52), Johnny Fearon (1951–52) and Garry Haylock (2001-02).
Already the holder of the club’s record for most goals in Europe, the 31-year-old would love to be attributed with another landmark but is hopeful of doing it in the final with what would be his first goal at the Aviva Stadium.
“Hopefully I’m saving it for the final,” he said.
“I’ve played in a few finals and haven’t scored. I don’t think I’ve scored in the Aviva either so that’s something I would like to change. It’s either on Sunday or against Arsenal so hopefully it will be Sunday.”
McMillan said it was a superb achievement for the club to have made its sixth successive final and is hoping they can go one better than last season by lifting the trophy at the end.
“I was watching the game last year in Scotland and I remember jumping up and down when Mickey (Duffy) equalised.
“It was a tough one to lose on penalties. Now everyone will be chomping at the bit to get that Cup back. It’s a huge achievement by the players who have been here all along. To be in the sixth final in-a-row is incredible. Now we want to go win it.”
The striker is well aware too that clinching silverware can change the narrative of the season massively.
“I think we’ve said that. The league campaign was disappointing. We at least acheived Europe in that but the year can still be a success if we go and win the Cup and try to build on the success of qualifying for the group stages,” he said.