Jubilant Stevens hails FAI Cup win
A jubilant Gary Stevens hailed a 'great shift' by the Sligo Rovers players as the Bit o' Red reached the FAI Ford Cup final next month.
Rovers knocked out Shamrock in a 3-0 win to delight a crowd of 3,933 in The Showgrounds.
The assistant manager said: "It is no mean achievment for anybody at any level to get to a cup final. This is the FAI Cup final. It is my first taste of the competition, I never played in it but it's my first taste here in a coaching capacity. I'm really looking forward to it and I'm thrilled about it. I'm very much on a high at the moment.
"It is brilliant. I'm absolutely delighted for all the players first and foremost. They put in a great shift. They worked extremely hard and I felt Sligo Rovers played the majority of the football in the game. That is great news. There was great support here in The Showgrounds today as well.
"There was plenty for the fans to cheer about and they have a great trip in the Aviva as well so they will have a great day out. It is no use then going there for anything but to win it. We are against Drogheda and we owe them a little bit. They have difficult opponents for us this year."
Stevens commended the spirit in the camp as Rovers rallied from a difficult week to reach the decider.
He said: "There is a hard working committee at this football club. There is a huge amount of volunteers and so many people that contribute so much. Credit to everybody, congratulations to everybody because we got there.
"The minimum requirement is every player gives everything. We as coaches try to do our preparation 100%. Today everything came together. Yes everybody was committed without doubt. There are times when it does appear that players are not that committed or it doesn't look as if we got it right but it is certainly not for the want of trying.
"Sometimes when things are not going your way you have work even harder just to cling into a game. Today has been an emotional day for a lot of people. The reward is there for everyone.
"When you get a bit of kick or hit a bit of downslide you have to pick yourself up, believe in yourself, keep going and we got our rewards."