North revels in captain's role
Danny North added to his medal collection with Sligo Rovers and spoke of the feeling of pride to captain the side for the majority of the game in Tallaght Stadium after the 1-0 win over Dundalk.
North was handed the armband after injury ruled out Alan Keane and Gavin Peers and Joseph Ndo was forced off with a knock in the first half.
The striker produced a tireless performance when leading the Rovers attack and lifted the trophy as the club won the competition for the first time.
He said: It was unbelievable. The plan was for Keano or Peersy to lift the trophy but I didn't they wanted the limelight and when Joey came of I got the armband.
“It's an absolute honour. Everyone wants to lead the team. I was given the opportunity and to win a Cup and lift it for the club is unbelievable and what dreams are made of.”
North added the Rovers showed remarkable character to frustrate Dundalk and limit them throughout the game, seeing out the win at a extremely wet Tallaght after rain affected the pitch late over the 90 minutes.
“ It was tough conditions and we knew Dundalk were going to throw everything at us. We got the early goal and we managed to stick at it and hold on. I think we were just rewarded.
“They had a couple of headers in the first half and David McMillan got his toe to it at the end and Gary Rogers had to pull off a good save.
“We got a good goal and we frustrated them. We knew exactly what we were going to do. We did it in the league game but obviously conceded late. That was in the back of our minds. It shows what strong characters we are to hold on for the win and we've won everything now for the club.”