Molloy aiming for ‘pot of gold’

SUNDAY will be Trevor Molloy’s third cup final and with the St Pat’s player having won one and lost one with Bohemians, he’s anxious to edge ahead in his own personal honours list.

But, having enjoyed huge success in the past with both Pats and Bohs, the 29-year-old knows that there is much more at stake in the game against Derry City than cup glory alone.

This is a real win or bust situation for the Inchicore club, with nothing less than a victory ensuring that they will have European and Setanta Cup football next season.

“There’s a big pot of gold there for the club,” he acknowledges. “Even for the players, you’d have something big to look forward to next year. The money they could make out of it could make the club stable for the next couple of years and then you’d attract bigger and better players. There’s an awful lot riding on the game.”

And then there’s that weighty historical statistic – the fact that Pats haven’t won the FAI Cup since 1961.

“For a club of this size not to have won a cup in 45 years is a bit ridiculous,” says Molloy. “But hopefully we can get Inchicore buzzing again and give the fans a good day out. And hopefully for next season we’ll get a few bums on seats.

“On Sunday, I’d love if we could get around 20,000. That would be brilliant. Cup finals are great days out for the fans and the clubs but it’s all about getting a result in the end. I know (manager) Johnny McDonnell wants us to get out and play ball but I don’t care as long as we win.”

It’s also important for Pats to succeed in the cup to compensate for a league campaign which saw them finish in a disappointing seventh place.

“We had a great start to the season but fell away in the middle,” says Molloy. “It would be nice to go out on the high. It’s a new team and it’s taken us a while to gel. But when we click we can beat anybody. When we don’t click, we let in bad goals and we don’t score.

“When I played against Pats last year it looked like all they needed was a few goals and a bit of experience in the team. A lot of the lads are very young. So myself, Paul Keegan and Mark Rutherford have come in and the age profile flew up. One of the main things we set for ourselves at the start of the season was to get to Europe – and now we’re 90 minutes away from it. We could end on a big high.”

En route to the last soccer match at Lansdowne Road, a Molloy goal sealed the fate of his former club Shamrock Rovers, and it was noticeable that, after the ball hit the back of the net, the player chose not to celebrate wildly.

“I was just delighted to get to the final,” he says. “I got stick for 89 minutes of the game and then I scored. And when I scored I knew that was it and I didn’t want to rub their noses in it anymore. But we were in the final and I was delighted.”

But he is also happy to see the Hoops return to the top flight at the first time of asking.

“It’s absolutely brilliant. I’m delighted they’re back up. For the Premier Division not to have Rovers in it there’s something wrong. You need a good Shamrock Rovers team in the league. There’ll be great games against them next season – another 270 minutes of stick (laughs). I’m looking forward to it but I hope we don’t get them in another cup!”

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