Bus bounce back in style

by Karl Graham
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DUBLIN Bus enjoyed a season of mixed fortunes this year as they narrowly missed out on promotion but ended the campaign with some silverware after defeating Newbridge Town 3-1 to walk away with the Metropolitan Cup.
The LSL Sunday Senior 1 side also made it to the final of the Lanigan Cup but they lost 3-0 to Cherry Orchard on that occasion.
Luke Halpin hit a first half double against Newbridge but the Kildare side pulled one back in the second half after upping the tempo and putting their opponents under some sever pressure. The Bus would not be denied on this occasion, however, and after surviving through the storm, Dylan Byrne wrapped up the victory for his side late on.
The final came just a week after the side’s promotion hopes were shattered after a 1-1 draw with Verona, and manager Darren Sheridan told GazetteSport about how proud he was of his players’ reaction to that disappointment.
“It was a fantastic finish to the season. The disappointment of not getting promoted on the Sunday was huge so to come back and end the season with the Metropolitan Cup, and also play in the Lanigan Cup final, was fantastic.”
The Bus agonisingly missed out on promotion to the top division by a single point after a loss and draw in their last two league games to leave them in fourth position – a point behind Portmarnock AFC and Leixlip United in second and third respectively.
“We’ve only lost four games throughout the season and drawn eight. The sticking point for me would be to turn those draws into victories by not conceding silly goals when we are winning games.
“We lost the second last game after being 2-0 up after 20 minutes. We got a penalty on 21 minutes, which would have seen us promoted. We were home and dry but low and behold we missed that penalty and our keeper let in three very soft goals. That’s the ups and downs of football.”
When asked if getting his players up for the final was hard so soon after such a demoralising finish to the league campaign, Sheridan insisted credit should go to the players for motivating themselves.
“The lads did that themselves because they felt they deserved more so it wasn’t really hard as such.
“When it came to it, they were fantastic and it was a brilliant game of football.
“In the first half we were fantastic in our play and how we approached the game, and in the second half we were brilliant at our defensive side of the game because Newbridge threw everything at us. I was so proud of them.”

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