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Having already picked up the Setanta Sports Cup, the Hoops have booked their place in the final of the EA Sports Cup and Croly is happy with his team's achievements

Shamrock Rovers manager Trevor Croly is optimistic about his side's chances of success this season, noting that they have already won the Setanta Sports Cup.

The Hoops set up a repeat of last year's EA Sports Cup final with Drogheda United after defeating rivals Sligo Rovers 3-2 at Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday. As well as booking their place in the EA Sports Cup final and winning the Setanta Sports Cup, Croly's men remain in the FAI Cup and are pushing for a European spot.

Having recently suffered a heavy home defeat to league leaders St Patrick's Athletic, Croly acknowledged that his side had underperformed in the league, but he believes that the cup success can provide a degree of compensation.

"It's just because we drew a lot of games that everything is magnified and we must work on those aspects. We know what they are, we've worked on them and that's the important thing," he told the Irish Independent.

"We've set out to try to win every game. We've not done that all the time, it's not happened. But you've got to remember how long we're at it. We've won one Cup. The crazy thing about football is that you can be there last Friday and you can be devastated but we've won something already.

"Sligo probably felt a bit better coming to Tallaght than we might have felt, Pat's will be feeling great. But they could all end up winning nothing. One of them will win something, but that's the way it is."

He continued: "We've won a cup, we're the only club to have won something so far this year, we're champions of Ireland. We're in another cup final, we've a big game on Friday in the league, we want to get into Europe and then we've another cup quarter-final after that.

"You set your targets to win everything, to win every game. But it's very seldom in life that everything comes instantly. Maybe for [Jose] Mourinho when he spent €200 million or something along those lines. It generally doesn't happen."

Shamrock Rovers will take on Drogheda United in the EA Sports Cup final at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday, September 21.

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