ST PATRICK’S Athletic’s two-goal hero Christy Fagan says he doesn’t “think there is any better feeling” following his star turn in the FAI Senior Cup final last Sunday in the Aviva Stadium.
He scored the goals in a 2-0 win as the Inchicore club ended their long wait for the cup they last won in 1961.
In so doing, they got one over Derry City with Fagan delighted to have quelled the painful memories of final defeat in 2012.
“After the heartache of not winning it two years ago, to be lucky enough to score, that was great,” Fagan said in the aftermath of the game.
“But I said before the game, I’d take a 1-0 win coming from an OG, anything to get our hands on the trophy. I got lucky with the first and then the second was a bit lucky as there was a mistake from their lad but I was happy enough to take advantage.
“Derry really had us penned in in the second half. They threw everything at us and we had to dig deep and defend as a team.”
His manager Liam Buckley was typically unflappable in his post-match reaction but was nonetheless delighted at finally ending the winless streak.
“It was going to end somewhere along the line; I was hoping that it would have ended two years ago,” he said.
“But I’m just delighted for our fans, board, players and sponsors. It’s just great for everybody. And although we were favourites, we still haven’t won it in 50-odd years so it’s just great to win, I’m delighted.”
He also admitted to being a little nervous about his side’s inability to kill the game off earlier in the tie.
“I was [worried] because we were just sitting back too deep, they just kept dropping back, as much as I wanted them to stay up so you have to ride your luck a little there and we did.”
Midfielder Keith Fahey, meanwhile, said that his team attempted to put thoughts of ending the lengthy trophy hoodoo to the back of their minds.
“We were just looking forward to the game,” he said. “There was a lot of talk before the game about the hoodoo but we deserved to win today. We’ve worked hard all season so it was nice to win the cup.
“Some of them [the fans] are fairly quiet,” added Fahey after the game when he felt his club’s supporters delight with the win.
“I don’t know if they believe that it has happened.
“But there was a good feeling going into this game that we were going to win it. No disrespect to Derry, they put it up to us today but overall we deserved it.”