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Cork City players celebrate Kieran Sadlier's winning penalty. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Cork City players celebrate Kieran Sadlier's winning penalty. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
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Cork City captain Bennett can't wait for the homecoming on the Grand Parade

CORK CITY skipper Alan Bennett said that as long as his squad are being written off, they will continue to lift silverware going on into next season and beyond.

The former Reading, Wimbledon and Brentford defender captained the Rebel Army to the double in Dublin and is hungry for more success going into 2018. First up of course is the homecoming on Monday evening at 6.30pm, which will includes the Cork City Women's side who created a major upset in their cup victory against UCD Waves.

“We had an unbelievable desire to win the game, to do the double and to write more history for this fabulous football club. We had to dig deep in the end but that was never an issue or a problem for this squad of players.

“We really wanted to be victorious here against Dundalk and clinch that elusive double and we have done it now and I just hope we get the credit we deserve for what has been a remarkable league and FAI Cup double. We’ve won four trophies this year in fact and people tend to overlook that,” he added.

“I had a feeling for the last six weeks or so that there was something big coming for us and for Achille Campion to pop up there and get us that equaliser was brilliant and what a finish too.

“I knew when we got it to penalties that we’d win it because we had been practicing them for months and with Nults (Mark McNulty) in goal we knew he’d save one at least and then Kieran Sadier showed nerves of steel to score the decisive spot kick in 5-4 in the shoot-out.

Mark McNulty, Achille Campion and Lisa Fallon. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne
Mark McNulty, Achille Campion and Lisa Fallon. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

“I don’t think the magnitude of it has sunk in yet and it will take a few days with a little celebration now after the game and a big homecoming on the Grand Parade to look forward to tonight and that all kicks-off.

“It’s an incredible achievement and I am so proud to be involved in it. It’s hard to put into words. I feel lucky, I feel really lucky and privileged to be a part of it and I am just very happy right now,” he told me in the media mixed zone afterwards.

“So many people keep writing us off, but that just drives us on. That’s food for us and we gobble that up and I think Dundalk have only beaten us once or twice in the last 10 matches and we have won the big games, the games that matter.

“We are more than happy to be tagged as the underdog and written off because we’d feel uncomfortable if everyone was in our corner. The gaffer thrives on it, we thrive on it and we have got the results and the trophies now,” said the 36 year-old Benno, who hopes to agree an extension to his contract in the next week.

Alan Bennett clears from David McMillan. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Alan Bennett clears from David McMillan. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile