Burns Reflects On Good Season
Dundalk U-17 manager Liam Burns reflected on what was a ‘really good season’ for his troops. Speaking to dundalkfc.com looking back at the season he feels they achieved their aim set out at the beginning of the year.
“We had a really good season. Probably our best season in terms of performance. Our results didn’t reflect that at times but I was pleased with our performances throughout the season.
“Our aim at the start of the season was to get into the top four because you are playing the best in the country and that’s what we did.
“At the end of it we were a bit disappointed. We came up against Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght and maybe we could have done a little bit better. Performance wise as a whole the season was very good.
“At this level it is mainly about performances. Sometimes results don’t show that but if you can see improvement as a player that is what you want to see. ”
The 17’s did put in some good performances against the best sides in the division and that is something that Burns takes positives from, feeling that his side aren’t too far off the top.
“When you look at our best performances they have been against St. Patrick’s Athletic and Bohemians. They are the top two teams.
“We aren’t far off the top and with a bit more luck maybe we could have got better results but we aren’t far off where we want to be and that is good for us.”
The cycle begins again with a few players progressing through the ranks to the U-19’s and the former Dundalk centre-half is looking forward to next year already with exciting times all around the club.
“We will have a few progressing into the 19’s. It’s a big step up from 15’s to 17’s as it is from 17’s to 19’s and not everyone is going to make it. You are looking at individuals who can step up and make their mark.
“It isn’t to say that those who don’t make it now won’t make it in 12 months. The boys who just came from 15’s have a two year development time so they still have a chance if they go away and develop.
“There will be boys stepping up and new players coming in from different clubs. We will enjoy the break now but when you are on the break you are looking forward to getting back to it.
“There’s exciting times next year with the 13’s coming in too and it’s all positive at the club right through to the first team. ”
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