Extratime.ie – Pat Devlin: ‘I think what we’ve achieved
Andrew Dempsey reports from Stradbrook Road
Pat Devlin admitted his delight after his side confirmed their spot in the First Division Playoffs with a routine 3-1 win over Athlone Town on Friday evening.
The result caps off a fine campaign for the highly unfancied Green and Whites â€“ who were tipped to finish in the bottom half of the First Division table.
â€śItâ€™s been a long, hard season for us,â€ť the Cabinteely boss Devlin told extratime.ie. Â
â€śThe football side of this club is fantastic. I think what weâ€™ve achieved, with the budget we have, and the young players is magnificent.
â€śItâ€™s a job thatâ€™s unfinished and thereâ€™s so much more to do. I think weâ€™ve underachieved slightly this year.
â€śReaching the top four is great but weâ€™ve underachieved off the pitch in attracting more support and things like that so hopefully that will improve.
â€śHopefully they can come see us in the Playoffs but itâ€™s a great achievement for the staff and the players, but it has been extremely hard work.â€ť
The 66-year-old former Bray Wanderers manager added; â€śIt has been an emotional few weeks for a few reasons, but this club is a good club.
â€śWeâ€™re trying to go from one end of the club to another and make it a better place. Itâ€™s very difficult and itâ€™s financially tough on them all.
â€śBut what weâ€™ve achieved this time to get in the top four has been magnificent. Weâ€™ve been in the top four all season and weâ€™ve only been beaten five times, the same as Shelbourne who have gone on and won the league.
â€śWe messed up during the middle of the season because we didnâ€™t have the back-up in playing staff because we didnâ€™t have the finance but overall, itâ€™s fantastic to be in the top four particularly all season.
â€śLetâ€™s see what we can do now. Itâ€™s a new campaign â€“ with a two-legged game against either Longford or Drogheda and weâ€™ll see where that takes us.â€ť
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