Derry City winger, Stephen McLaughlin, is refusing to get carried away after his team beat fellow FAI Cup finalists, St. Patrick’s Athletic, 2-1 in the Premier Division at the Brandywell on Friday night.
Friday’s game was also Derry’s final game of their league campaign and 22 year-old McLaughlin believes that the result will be nothing more than a memory when both sides meet again in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, November 4.
“A cup final is all about who turns up on the day,” said McLaughlin after Friday’s game.
“I know that we beat them tonight but that will count for nothing when we meet them again on November 4 in Dublin.
“I think the lads would give everything for a similar result like tonight’s when we take on St. Pat’s in the final in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in a few weeks’ time.
“I think that St. Patrick’s will be the favourites going into this year’s cup final and we will almost certainly be the underdogs. St. Patrick’s are a really good team but we will go into the final and just do our own job.”
Donegal man McLaughlin has been one of Derry’s most consistent players all season. The Clonmany Shamrocks and Finn Harps player weighed in with 17 goals and countless assists.
“Personally I think that I have had a great season. I scored a lot of goals and created a lot of goals. I even had a few teams here at the Brandywell watching me play so I would definitely say I had a good season,” he said.
“I know that the team didn’t have a great league campaign but hopefully with results going well next week, we can finish in fifth place and qualify for the Setanta Cup.
“We also have the chance to finish the season on a high when we take on St. Patrick’s Athletic in the FAI Cup final in a few weeks’ time so there’s still a whole lot left to play for.
McLaughlin went on to say that playing alongside team mates Davy McDaid and Barry McNamee makes his job “easier” and praised the rest of the team for how hard they worked during Friday’s game with Liam Buckley’s men.
“I thought we worked very hard again tonight. It started with Davy McDaid up front on his own and it passed right down throughout the rest of team.
“The link-up play between myself, Davy McDaid and Barry McNamee has been ongoing for a while. Playing football alongside Barry McNamee is very easy – Barry plays some great threaded balls through all of the time which makes my job easier.
“I really enjoy playing with Davy and Barry because Davy holds the ball up well, passes it off to Barry and then Barry is able to play the ball to me while I make a run – it’s really good.”