“We want them to have a reward for their efforts this season”

Ross Tierney in action in the first leg - Sportsfile

ENDA McGUILL CUP FINAL
Bohemians U19s v Shamrock Rovers U19s
Saturday November 2 2019
Dalymount Park, 12pm

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Craig Sexton has told his Bohemians U19s to go out and win a trophy he believes their efforts this season deserve.

Sexton’s U19s are looking to lift the Enda McGuill Cup for the second season running having beaten St Pat’s 2-1 in the decider last term.

Their bid to win three league titles in a row came unstuck last month when they lost 3-2 after extra time against eventual finalists Galway United, who lost the league final to Waterford on Monday.

Bohs’ exit from the knockout stages of the league was a particularly harsh lesson.

Having had two men sent off, they finished the game with just eight having used up all their substitutes when a player was forced off through injury.

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It was a cruel exit for a team that had lost just once in 20 games in the Northern Elite Division, which they topped by nine points.

But tomorrow’s Enda McGuill Cup final offers salvation.

Sexton said: “We spoke to the players. We want them to have a reward for their efforts this season.

“We feel they deserve it for all the work they’ve put in over the course of the year and the level of performance they have delivered so consistently.

“They deserve to have something to show for that but they will really have to work for it. It won’t come easily.

“For some of them, this will be their last game for the club at U19s level so we want them to finish up on a high. The perfect way to do that would be to beat Rovers in a Dublin derby at Dalymount to win a trophy.”

Sexton hopes a big home support can help his side over the line tomorrow as his players continue to get used to big occasions at Dalymount Park.

He said: “It’s another big one for the players.

“Some of them have experienced big occasions now with the club through the first team already – the likes of Ross Tierney and Dawson Devoy – as well as the Uefa Youth League games this year and last.

“They need to embrace occasions like this and familiarise themselves with them as it’s an important part of their development as players.”

Bohs exited the the Uefa Youth League game by the narrowest of margins nine days ago after losing 1-0 to PAOK in Greece, 2-1 on aggregate.

They were left kicking themselves for not taking their chances in the first leg but Sexton believes the experience is one his players will treasure, adding: “We were disappointed not to progress but we can look back with pride on what was a really positive experience for the players.

“We should have won the first game but the way they played against some of the top young players in Europe will stand to them.”

Please note the the club section of the FAI National Draw will be held in the Members’ Bar after the game.

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