Harry Monaghan admits he was ‘devastated’ to miss out on a place in the FAI Cup Final in his first season at Derry City as he believed Dundalk ‘were there for the taking’.
The Scot was one of the stand-out performers in the first half and was instrumental in Ronan Curtis’ third minute strike as he pressed Dundalk defender, Paddy Barrett and forced a mistake which was duly punished.
We’ll dust ourselves down finish the season strong. We’ve four games left to finish the season strong so we’ll see where it takes us.Harry Monaghan
Now he’s determined to brush off the disappointment of Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss and turn attentions to securing European football for next season, starting with victory over Longford on Saturday night.
“I’m devastated,” said the midfielder. “It’s a hard one to take. We took them very, very close having played them three times in the past week. We believed they were there for the taking.
“And we deserved to win the game,” he continued. “Unfortunately they had two shots and two goals and got through to the final. The boys have been hungry and pushing all season so we’re gutted we’re not there (in the final).
“We’ll dust ourselves down finish the season strong. We’ve four games left to finish the season strong so we’ll see where it takes us.
“Europe’s not cemented yet. We’ve third place to secure and that’s the priority. Sligo are on our tails. And while it’s looking likely, we’ll have to pick ourselves up and go out to win these next four games to make sure.”