Ahead of Sunday's FAI Cup semi-final with Shamrock Rovers, STPATSFC.COM caught up with longstanding and ever-running Pat's midfielder Ryan Guy for his thoughts on the big game.
On winning silverware with St Pat's
I've been at the Club for four years now and I'm probably the longest serving player in the squad so to win some silverware would be great.
There are things you're proud of, like helping the club to make history in Europe but winning something domestically like the FAI cup would be very special.
When you've never won silverware it can be hard to imagine what winning is like, but we've plenty of supporters around who let us know just how much a competition like this means for the club.
With all the near misses over the FAI cup is something that has grown in importance over the years especially for the supporters.
This season our aim was to turn around our form from last year and I think we've done that – winning the cup would have been beyond expectations at the start of the season but we've a great chance of making the final now and I feel we're ready to take it.
On losing to Waterford in the FAI Cup last season
That was definitely a low point but I think we have more resilience in our squad this year - we've a lot of young players on board with plenty of ambition who are looking to go on to bigger and better things.
That spirit is something that comes through the players but you have to attribute credit to the management team as well for selecting those types of players.
I think we have a good mix between young hard working players and one or two veterans who have experience of winning things and who know what winning is all about.
On facing Rovers in Tallaght
I think sometimes we focus too much on the opposition when it's all about concentrating on ourselves and on the present.
The 1-0 defeat to Bohemians was a knockback we didn't expect but this season we've bounced back from tough defeats time and time again and this week will be another test for us.
We've won already in Tallaght this season and we went pretty close in our second game there too. I got plenty of the ball in that game so hopefully I will be involved to the same level on Sunday.
We will have to play our high pressure game and really go at them and keep them under the cosh for the full 90 minutes.
On scoring 9 goals this season
Scoring on Sunday in Tallaght would be a nice way to make it a perfect 10.
I've family over at the moment who are due to fly back to the US on Monday, so a goal would be a nice send-off for them, you never know, hopefully with the right result they might be coming back for the final!
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