Published: 08:00, 08 May 2014 |
Updated: 08:31, 08 May 2014
Play-off finals carry nothing but bad memories for Daryl McMahon and the Ebbsfleet captain is desperate to put that right against Dover on Saturday.
McMahon is gearing up for his third Conference South play-off final in four seasons, having suffered heartbreak on both previous occasions.
He was in the Farnborough side beaten 4-2 by Liam Daish’s Ebbsfleet in 2011 and McMahon was then sent-off in last season’s final, playing for Dover against Salisbury. The Whites lost that game 3-2 and it proved to be McMahon’s final appearance for Dover, with Ebbsfleet paying £13,000 for his services in June.
The midfielder also has two promotions on his CV, with Leyton Orient (League 2) in 2006 and Farnborough (Southern League) in 2010 but he has unfinished business when it comes to the play-offs.
He said: "It isn’t a nice feeling, losing those games. I desperately want to win on Saturday.
"Ourselves, Dover, Sutton and Bromley were all expected to be near the top of the table. We all expected to be fighting for promotion, so when you get there in the end, you want to win so badly."
Looking back, he said: "The first one, when we got beat by Ebbsfleet 4-2, they deserved to win the game. We probably had the better players but they were a better team than us.
"We had good individuals at Farnborough but we weren’t getting paid at the time and weren’t training. We played the semi-final and we had a week when we didn’t train, leading up to the final. It was difficult circumstances.
"Last season was a difficult one, Salisbury away. I can’t remember too much about the game but obviously I got sent-off. At the time, it was 2-1 and they were breaking through on halfway. I thought I had to bring the lad down, otherwise it was 3-1.
"In the end, we scored to get 2-2, so it might have been the right decision. But they’re not fond memories when you lose play-off finals, not fond at all."
Video courtesy of Football Exclusives.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.