CHAMPIONS Cork City will finally get their hands on the SSE Airtricity League trophy tonight after the last home game of the season against Harry Kenny’s Bray Wanderers at Turner’s Cross (7.45pm).
And City’s versatile star Jimmy Keohane is looking forward to the trophy lift on what he says will be another special night.
“We need the fans behind the team tonight and again on Sunday week but they have been brilliant all year and they have inspired us as a team. Tonight will be another special night lifting the trophy and it will be great to get our hands on it to end a 12-year wait.
“Tonight is an important game for us too and we want to go out on a high and with a win to take into the Cup final.
“We want to carry a bit of momentum into the Dundalk match at the Aviva Stadium because that could be the key to it,” said Keohane, who will be making his Aviva debut. My league medal vindicates my decision to come to Cork but I knew when I joined the club that we would be challenging for trophies and that was something that appealed to me. I am delighted to have a league winners’ medal and hopefully we can go on and do the double,” he added.
The season highlight for Keohane was beating Dundalk away 3-0 and Seanie Maguire scored a hat-trick up at Oriel Park.
“We have had some good results in the FAI Cup as well to get to the final again and getting over the line to win the league championship was a very happy moment for me. We have had lots of great moments and hopefully we can have another big one at the Aviva Stadium next week,” added Jimmy.
“The Cup final is just another game to the players but we have to have the right mindset in the run-up to it. There’s a little pressure from outside when it comes to expectations and from what we put on ourselves when setting targets.
“We have a very competitive squad and we all want to play in the Cup final but only eleven can start the game. We are all looking forward to and as long as I am playing I am happy,” said Keohane who hopes to agree a new contract shortly.
“We have put ourselves in a great position to win the double but it all hinges on the day. We are going to try our best in the Cup final because we know what it means to the city and to all our fans and we can create history again,” he added.