Shaw motivated to reach Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final

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Shaw motivated to reach Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final

Gary Shaw couldn't have got any closer to the FAI Cup final in the Aviva Stadium last year as he stood on the sidelines as part of his job. This November, he wants a day off in order to be on the pitch.
2nd Oct 2015

The Longford Town striker, who does brilliant work for the FAI's Commerical Department, may not have filled out the holiday request form for Sunday, November 8 but it's a task that is very much on his mind.

First he must help his team book their place in that showpiece event. Not an easy feat to achieve considering SSE Airtricity League Premier Division champions Dundalk stand in their way in a crunch semi-final - at Oriel Park of all places.

Shaw, however, is unfussed about the opposition. Sure he respects Dundalk and knows how difficult it will be to outwit them on their own patch, but he is very much someone who focuses on what he can control.

"Dundalk are flying high in the League and they obviously want to get the domestic double but we want to stop that. But we've done well against them in our last couple of games and we'll be ready for them," said Shaw.

The powerful striker does not need to say it, but he's clearly just taking one game at a time. How could he not considering this is a massive semi-final? But if he is feeling any pressure he is certainly not showing it.

Even a mention of his lack of luck in front of goal of late is dealt with in a manner typical of his coolness. He acknowledges that he needs to end his barren run but also knows that he can help his team in other ways.

"It's been a tough season in terms of scoring goals as they haven't been going in for me but I feel my general play all round has been the best that it's been," stated Shaw.

"I'm providing assists and working hard every game and that is why Tony (Cousins) keeps picking me. A lot of people have told me that it's written in the stars that I'll score against Dundalk - let's hope so."

Longford supporters have fond memories of this competition having won it in 2003 and 2004, so Shaw is fully aware of the club's history and that provides him with another reason to reach the final next month.

Dundalk v Longford Town, Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Semi-Final, Friday, October 2, KO 7:25pm, Live on RTE2