Gary Rogers is one of a handful of Dundalk players looking forward to their sixth successive FAI Cup final at the weekend.
While that record equaling tally is something special, he’s determined not to end the year with any regrets.
In five finals to date, Dundalk have won just two in 2015 and 2018. Two of their defeats have been via penalty shoot-outs, the most heartbreaking way to lose, including last year against their opponents on Sunday, Shamrock Rovers.
While 2019 was a good year for Dundalk, missing out on a domestic clean sweep still stings a little. Now Rogers and co are determined to get the Cup back on Sunday to ensure a topsy turvy 2020 finishes on a high.
“A Cup final is a very special game to play in regardless of the situation at the minute without fans,” said the goalkeeper.
“It’s still where you want to be at the end of the season, in a Cup final and fighting it out for that trophy. We were disappointed last year to lose out on it.
“We’ve had some ups and downs in Cup finals but hopefully we’ll go and put in a really good performance and try and claim back the trophy.”
While many will feel Dundalk have a point to prove against Rovers, Rogers is purely focused on winning on Sunday.
“It’s about winning the Cup regardless of who the opposition are,” he said.
“For the last six years it has been the top two or top three as it is this year. It’s a great game to look forward to.
“Last year it went to a penalty shoot out. They’re always tight games. I wouldn’t look too much at the 4-0 one because we had so many changes that it’s difficult to know where we really were for that one but the game in Tallaght was probably the game of the year so you’d just be hoping that something like that again will take place in the Aviva on Sunday and hopefully we come out the right side of the result,” he said.