Greg: We're Not Groggy; Ucd V Dundalk, Belfield Bowl, 7.45pm

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GREG BOLGER is confident Dundalk will bounce back from their Setanta Cup heartbreak and launch a European assault.

So much of the Lilywhites' momentum this season was generated on the back of their swashbuckling run to the final of the cross-border tournament.

Wins over Belfast giants Linfield, Glentoran a n d Cliftonville saw the Co Louth club on the brink of their first major trophy since 2002.

But while Ian Foster's men spilled their guts for the cause in Tallaght last weekend, they could find no way past Shamrock Rovers who won 2-0.

Immediately after that game, Foster dismissed the notion that he now has a job on his hands to pick his players up ahead of tonight's trek to UCD.

And midfielder maestro Bolger has backed that assertion, insisting Dundalk are focused on getting their push for Europe - at least - back on track.

"All we want to do is get back on the pitch, rectify it and get back to winning ways but I thought we did all right in the final," he said.

"We definitely made a game of it and it was a good advertisement for the league - both teams tried to play football.

"But it was still disappointing not to win.

We were chasing it late on with defender Colin Hawkins going up front and we pushed everyone on.

"Jason Byrne going off was a big factor as well, not h av i n g someone up there to hit. But that's it, it's over now and we've got to move on.

"I've missed a lot of the season because of injury so I'm just eager to get on the pitch and put the disappointment behind me.

"It was my first senior final so I have a taste of it now and hopefully I can bring that experience into other games." Tonight will be Bolger's first time facing UCD since he left the Dublin club at the end of last season.

He was one of the Students' key men last season before the spine of the team broke up and went their different directions.

Ciaran Kilduff is now at Shamrock Rovers while the McMillan brothers, Evan and David, are at St Pat's.

Bolger actually joined Sporting Fingal first but when the club folded he was snapped up by Foster who is a long-time admirer. …