JUNIOR boss Martin Gallagher admitted it was a “massive disappointment’ to lose the SuperCupNI semi-final to Rangers but insisted he was extremely proud of what his players had achieved during the week.
The Juniors defeated Bracknell Town and Colina and drew with Manchester United to set up a last-four date with eventual winners Rangers and were only beaten 5-4 on penalties following a scoreless draw with the SPL heavyweights.
“We weren’t too far away,” said Gallagher.
“We were the only team that really put it up to Rangers. Of course it was a big disappointment to lose the semi. With about 10 minutes to go Lewis (Francis) put one over the bar from close in, the ball bounced awkwardly. We were that close to making the final. It was a great week, the boys battled hard, they gave me 110 per-cent.
“Every player got at least 100 minutes of football and I’m really proud of them. Think about it, they drew with Man United and Rangers!
“Rangers were very complimentary about us.. They told us we were the best organised team they had faced.
“I think the teams, the juniors and seniors, inspired each other. We gave the Premier boys a standing ovation after beating Celtic and they had done the same the night before when we came back against United.
“The atmosphere in Bushmills where we stayed was electric and the boys all had the attitude of bring it on. It was fantastic to be part of it and the boys were simply fantastic.”
The week ended with the Juniors losing 3-1 to Pumas Unam in the third-fourth play-off decider.
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