Having topped their group in the league stage, the Harps U15s now move on to the knockout phase with a home quarter final against Bohemian FC. The game is being played at Dry Arch Park, Bonagee kicking off at 2pm and is sponsored by Kavanagh’s SuperValu Ballybofey.
Speaking ahead of the game, manager Kevin McHugh was full of praise for the efforts of his charges in their final league game, “It was a great achievement for our 15s to finish top of the Northern group and reach the last eight nationally, going away to Sligo and beating them three nil showed great character. Sligo are a really good side, but I felt from the 1st minute to the last we were up and at it in all positions and played really well.”
Despite the good form of his team, who have not lost since the first day of the season, McHugh was wary of their opponents on Saturday, “We will need that level of performance and more this weekend if we are to get the better of Bohemians. Bohs U15s are a top side with some fantastic individual players, I was able to watch them against Dundalk last weekend and they are a very good footballing side and finished 2nd in a strong group. We will give them the respect they deserve this Saturday.”
“Our U15s have been improving game by game for the past 3 months as a team, but more importantly improving individually and this will be another huge test for them. But that’s what the U15 National league is all about, testing yourself against the best players in the country to see where you are at, and where you need to get to, that’s proper development. We have 3 players out with long-term injuries and another with sickness. But we will use our squad as we have done so in past 10 weeks”
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