Darren, Fingal shocked the League last year with a unique double, how did it feel to win the play-offs and the FAI Cup within a month of each other?
With the squad we had we knew within ourselves that finishing third was an underachievement. However, when it really mattered we were the better team in the play offs against both Shels and Bray. Looking back at the cup I'd say that two nil down at half time at home to Rovers in the quarters, not in great shape in the league, our season was looking like a big disaster. We showed great fight and determination to turn our season right round into a very successful one with the massive bonus of European football.
At the start of the year what do you think were the clubs goals and your own personal ones?
Liam put together a squad he thought was capable to mount a serious title challenge. He did. We have 13 draws to date and I'd say 85% of them draws have been from a winning position so we hit the detonator button to our league chances ourselves, nobody else to blame. I think European football would be a successful season for Fingal without doubt. Personally, my own goals were to stop some silly errors I had made towards the end of the First Division run in. The Shels game at home, 2-0 up I made a howler and we drew 2-2. Fortunately the others I remember, Finn Harps at home and
Were you surprised when Chris O’Connor could have won his team promotion but instead made a huge error and cost his team the win?
It was a great finish wasn't it! I think had Chris kicked the ball long the ref would have blown up. I would have been rightly shocked had they got the aggregate equaliser!!
How did it feel to win the League Cup with
I broke my wrist in
When you played against the Irish Senior Team how did it feel to come close to drawing with a team of Premiership and fully pro players?
It did not dawn on me at all. I played in the 21's with most of them, I was at
How does it feel to play in the Europa League?
I don't know! Maybe next year ask me.
What sort of differences are there between playing internationally (For the u-23’s) and domestically (in the LoI)?
With the 23s we played
The show’s original team attended the Shelbourne game in the Leinster Senior Cup this year, were you angry at those fans at that who were giving you dog’s abuse?
Not at all. It was hardly dog’s abuse, a few kids or few clueless people jumping on the bandwagon. I have no regrets at all. Bisto got sent off for pushing me in the play-offs and as for the shouts regarding financial difficulty at
On the subject, do you think fans can go really far over the top to often in their attack on teams/players?
No, I actually think its dying out of the game and the craic is badly needed. Obviously fans can shout and shout. It's all part of football and the excitement of going to a game. But when a player who takes abuse for 89 minutes, scores the winner and runs to his abusers, that's what it's all about. It adds to the atmosphere, people are fired up and chant more. The Gary Twigg thing is prime example. Another thing we had to copy from the FA like the Adebayor versus Arsenal fans incident. Let it be, it's only a game and let people and players enjoy it.
You Played for
I was/am a City fan so it was fantastic to sign for them. However, another broken arm story and homesickness set in I felt coming home was best for me at the time. Had I the chance to do it all again I'd probably have liked to go back to Everton but I was chasing the dream back then!
What sort of pace is the game played in
Again any European football I have played has all been high tempo attacks in your defensive half and they slowly build from the back. Patiently waiting to pick you off.
Our left back Lorcan Fitzgerald doesn't really know much about tactics so he just ran and got lost, found himself in the Maritimo box and miss hit a shot into the net for a crucial away goal!
Did you enjoy playing at the Brandywell with
City fans were great. The best there is. Everybody has their own opinions of who they'd like to see playing but no matter what 11 Stephen picked, the fans are always right behind you. Some clubs fans you hear getting on their on players backs but I have to say there is a great positivity about playing for
When you joined Fingal, were you disappointed and are you still disappointed with their small fan base?
No, I know the hard work the club put in and it is a slow process to build a fan base. It was sad to see in
And finally, do you reckon if you keep progressing, you can eventually win an
I am realistic enough to know the possibilities of that ever happening. Having said that, I never thought I'd see the day Fingal played a
We would like to thank Darren for his time as we all know his schedule with Fingal is very busy and we would like to thank Donagh Corby for the questions