Daryl Horgan targets perfect season finale

In a week which has seen him pick up his third league winners’ medal in a row as well as the PFAI Player of the Year award, Daryl Horgan has warned Dundalk can’t let their magnificent season ‘peter out’.

Daryl Horgan targets perfect season finale

The Dundalk winger has earned huge plaudits for Stephen Kenny’s side this season at home and abroad and remains a possibility for an international call-up when Martin O’Neill names his squad for the trip to Austria on Wednesday.

However, while things have been going well for Horgan so far, he insists that there is still work to do for him to have “the season of all seasons”.

The 24-year-old and the rest of his Dundalk team-mates depart for Russia today where they will take on Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday night still in with a genuine chance of making it out of their Europa League group. It’s then back to Ireland on Friday when their focus will turn to completing the double-double in the FAI Cup final against Cork City on Sunday.

For all the Galway man has achieved the remaining four matches, in particular the two this week, could have a big say in whether it’s a good season or a great one and Horgan is determined to end it on a high note.

“Stephen spoke recently about having the season of all seasons. We’re a third of the way there at the minute.

“It’s funny, everyone is sitting here delighted that we’ve won the league and it’s great but we could be still sitting down to our Christmas dinner very disappointed with how the season has finished if it just peters out.

“We don’t want that to happen in any way, shape or form. We want to get out of the group and we want to win the cup. Hopefully we can do that but if we play the way we can then there’s no reason why we can’t get a result out in St Petersburg and the cup final.”

While it’s another testing week schedule wise for the Louth men, Horgan says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It will be mental but if you had asked us at the start of the year would we like to be in this position then we’d have snapped the hand off you for it.

“I think there’s certainly expectation now because of how well we’ve done. At the start everyone expected us to be the whipping boys with no points but with how we’ve played we’ve brought expectations on ourselves and we’re delighted with that.

“I don’t see the game being too different from the game in Tallaght. Obviously they’re hot favourites but we were the width of a post from going 2-0 up in the last game and if we can play similar who knows?”

And he admits progression in Europe could be “huge” in determing whether he remains with Dundalk next season or not.

“I’m not going to go to any other club whether it be in England or whatever and play in the Europa League or the Champions League. There’s no hope of that really so to be in a position where we could be in the Europa League round of 32 would be absolutely incredible,” said Horgan.

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