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The former FAI Cup winner is confident that Drogheda will be well-prepared for their Setanta Sports Cup final with Shamrock Rovers

By Michael Hannan

Drogheda United striker Gary O'Neill tasted cup glory in 2009 when his last minute winner helped the now defunct Sporting Fingal lift the FAI Cup.

However, he does not feel that his experience back then will be much of an advantage come Saturday, May 11, when the Drogs take on his former club Shamrock Rovers in the final of the Setanta Sports Cup.

"No matter how much you try to prepare for them, cup finals are always unique and special," O'Neill told "These are the days you train and play for. They don't come around too often, so you have to enjoy them when they do."

The 31-year-old believes that his side's attitude will be perfect ahead of Saturday's final, despite recent results. He puts Drogheda's recent run of draws in the league down to a "lack of ruthlessness and maybe a bit of naivete."

"We have to start seeing out games in which we've taken the lead, and taking more of the chances we do create," he said.

The midfielder also expects Mick Cooke's management team to focus equally on their own team's strengths as well as Shamrock Rovers' strengths and weaknesses in order to prepare for the occasion. 

"It'll be a bit of both," he continued. "Mick and (assistant manager) Robbie [Horgan] will have their homework done. We know their players; we'll have a good week's preparation on them.

"But we'll also train well and prepare ourselves for the occasion. Anything can happen in cup finals, a moment of magic, a mistake," concluded the striker.