Elding harboring big ambitions for the final
Anthony Elding wants to reach a personal goal as well as helping Sligo Rovers to FAI Ford Cup success in Sunday’s final at the Aviva Stadium.
The striker has bagged 18 goals for the Bit o’ Red so far this year but set a target of 20 before the beginning of the season.
The showpiece occasion in Irish football is upon us and Rovers will once again be part of it with Drogheda United our opponents.
Elding is vying with a host of Rovers players for a place in attack but is hoping to be called upon and then attempt to reach his aspired total.
He said: “I've enjoyed it immensely with Sligo Rovers. I've played a lot of games in England. I've plied my train in Hungary and now in Ireland. To come over here in my first season and to score 18 goals, if you don't mind me saying it is a good achievement. I'm really proud of it. I had an aim of trying to get 20 goals. I've got one more game to try to get a couple more. It would be great for me on a personal note and overall it has been a great season personally. I would love to have won the league but we're in with a shout of winning some silverware
“My family have come out and we've taken to the environment and the people. They have been fantastic to us. We love every minute of it. I'd love to stay and progress but we'll see on that side of it. The squad is in great shape. Everybody is on it, we're training hard and we'll be raring to go. I feel great. I felt great all season. I've been on the bench but it happens. it is a squad game. it is not about individuals. For us to and win the cup, it will take everybody. Not the XI but the three subs that come on as well. Everybody has a massive part to play. We are all looking to it.“
Elding has experience in big matches including featuring for his former club Leeds United against Doncaster Rovers in a play-off and Wembley but the Landsdowne Road venue will be new to the 31-year-old.
He is savouring the prospect of Sunday’s final, while being vary of the challenge from Drogheda.
Elding concluded: “I've never been involved in playing at the Aviva or seeing it live. When I was at Leeds, I was in a play-off final against Doncaster at Wembley so I have been in big games. I have a lot of experience in big games. But the Aviva will be something new to me. I'm really looking forward to.
“They are difficult to play against. They work hard as a group and individuals and they are going to want to win the game. It will get them into Europe, we're already there. I think if we apply ourselves in the right manner we should come out on top. It is not going to be easy. It is a one-off game, but whoever is mentally prepared right will go on to win. “