North: Drogheda cause 'no end of problems'
Danny North has described FAI Ford Cup final opponents Drogheda United as a side that have caused the Bit o’ Red “no end of problems” ahead of the Aviva Stadium decider.
The 26-year-old is preparing for a first Cup final with Rovers on Sunday against Mick Cooke’s men.
Over the course of five matches this year, Drogheda and Rovers have had some hard-fought tussles with mixed results for both sides.
North said: “Drogheda are a horrible team to play against and they have caused us no end of problems this season. They've got to two Cup finals and they will want to win it. It would be third time lucky for them. We know what we can do andif can play as we do, we'll come out on top.
“It's a cliché but it's just another game. You can see the boys are flying around in training and doing everything they can to show the gaffer they want to play. As long as we get to the final and win, that is all that matters.
“Stuff like this doesn't come around too often. You have to enjoy it and take it all in. You try to enjoy the train and everything about it.”
North recalled a defeat at Wembley Stadium with Grimbsy Town against MK Dons as the biggest occasion in his career so far and holds a desire to come out on top in a showpiece game this time around.
After a winning goal against Shamrock Rovers in the final Airtricity League match of the year, he is hoping manager Ian Baraclough will be swayed to give him a berth from the off on Sunday.
He added: “I'm paid to score goals, I've scored a few since coming back and it is just a matter of getting myself up to speed. It was nice to come on and get the winner. At the end of the day it was the two biggest clubs in the country and we beat them again.
“It is nice to score in the game before the final, it gives the manager some thing to think about and gives me a massive lift of confidence and knowing if I get that chance I'll put it away.
“You can only judge the season successfully if we win this. Obviously third and in Europe again is good. But if we don't the Cup I don't think you can class it as too successful. If we win it, happy days and we can all go celebrate and what we worked for through the season is another trophy and we will get there in the end.”