Cawley eyes up All-Ireland glory
David Cawley is hoping to grab All-Ireland final glory for Mayo as he gears up for the Setanta Sports Cup final this Saturday with Sligo Rovers as we take on Dundalk in Tallaght Stadium.
The Bit o’ Red meet the Lilywhites in the decider of the cross-border competition and with it comes the chance to win an All-Ireland medal, something which is richly craved in his home county.
He said: “There's not a lot of All-Ireland medals in Mayo so if we do win on Saturday then I will have to made sure to show it around. I'll definitely bring it around Ballina!
“All joking aside we have great support from Ballina and all over Mayo as well and hopefully they will be coming to Tallaght to cheer us on against Dundalk.”
The first final of the 2014 Airtricity League season gives Cawley the opportunity to add to his ever-growing list of domestic honours as he already holds Premier Division and FAI Ford Cup winners medals and he is eagerly anticipating Saturday's game.
“Yeah I'm definitely looking forward to it. To be honest it's an All-Ireland final and a chance to help make history as Sligo Rovers have never won a cross-border competition. It's a great chance as well for us to pick up a boost this early in the season and it's a boost for our fans as well. If we can win it then it would give a push on in the all the other competitions especially the league.”
Some excellent performances in the Setanta Sports Cup have provided the impetus for the upswing in form for Sligo Rovers and they showed their mettle in their 7-1 aggregate semi-final win against St. Patrick's Athletic.
Cawley thinks that victory has been important in the Bit o’ Red’s season.
“We didn't get off to the start we wanted in the league but showed our true form in this competition. And we definitely showed how good a side we are in the games against St. Pat's.
“In the first leg we deservedly won taking a 2-0 lead to Richmond Park. In the second leg everyone thought we would sit back but we didn't do that.
“At no stage did we sit back and invite them onto us, instead we took the game to them and were 3-0 up by half time and had effectively killed the game. Tactically it was one of our best performances and we showed that the best form of attack is defence.”
Winning the Setanta Sports Cup won't be an easy task as Dundalk have had the better of Sligo Rovers in recent games and indeed won their earlier meeting in the Showgrounds, a Dane Massey stoppage time goal giving them a 1-0 win.
“It is going to be a tough game but then every final is“, Cawley said.
“Maybe Dundalk have had the better of us in recent games but looking at that league game we were desperately unlucky to have lost it. We had a man sent off early on and defended for our lives against their 11 men but they forced home a goal in stoppage time. All you can do is treat the final like any other game and go out and try to win it.”
Having joined in 2012 from Ipswich Town Cawley is now an integral part of the Rovers midfield although his role has been altered somewhat this season.
His displays have caught the eye in recent weeks and he is likely to taking his place in the starting line-up on Saturday.
“I've been happy enough with my form this season and knew coming into it that I would be asked to play in a different role. I've to sit more and anchor the midfield and try to run and dictate the games.
Hopefully as the season goes on I'll get to push on and help the team go on a winning run which is the main thing.”
Setanta Cup ticket sales will resume on Wednesday between 2pm and 5:30pm in The Showgrounds.