FAI Cup Final Player Profile: Declan O’Brien
How can you not love a guy called Fabio?
As the man who lead the team to their only FAI Cup success back in 2005, Drogheda’s Declan O’Brien will be very important to the Drogs cause this Sunday.
Now a bona-fide legend at the Louth club, O’Brien has been having a pretty fine year, sitting second in the goal scoring charts even at the ripe old age of 34, with 14 goals. A small dry spell lately was broken with the winner against Bohs last week, setting him up perfectly for the big one at Aviva Stadium.
O’Brien began his career at Drogheda in 2002, and had six good years there, playing 188 games and scoring 76 goals before a move to rivals Dundalk that didn’t really work out.
After small spells at places as diverse as Valetta in Malta and Athlone in, well, Westmeath, O’Brien returned ‘home’ to Drogheda for the 2012 season.
Since returning he has broken the 100 goal mark in the League, and become the first player to score 100 for the club. Last season saw Fabio make the MNS Team of the Year and he won a new deal to stay for this season.
So far it has worked out pretty well, with a brace of O'Brien goals in the semi-finals propelling the Drogs to the League Cup final in September against Shamrock Rovers. Drogheda would lose that game 2-0 last month and the perfect way to get over that and end the year on a high would be a Cup final win on Sunday.
We had a few lads at the Drogheda press day this week, so we’ll have a video of Fabio, and Gavin Brennan, later in the week.
And don’t despair Sligo fans, we had men down at The Showgrounds too, so well have profiles, and video interviews, with a few of your big names too.