Fenlon hits out at flak IT WAS high fives all around for the Bohemians players and staff as boss Pat Fenlon landed his fifth trophy in two and a half seasons for the Dalymount Park club.
Bohs won the Setanta Sports Cup for the first time in their history with a 1-0 win over St Patrick's Athletic on Saturday, Anto Murphy's first-half goal the difference between the sides.
Pats will feel unlucky not to have at least taken the game to extra time as they made the reigning league champions fight very hard for their win.
But win they did as Fenlon added the Setanta prize to the two league titles, FAI Cup and League Cup which he has won at Bohs since his appointment, and he feels that the latest trophy success sends out a message to his team's critics.
"That's five trophies. People keep writing this team off and criticising and knocking them and this and that, but what they've done over a two-and-a-half year period is fantastic," said Fenlon, who says he's lost count of his own trophy haul but was still delighted to see his side end their Tallaght hoodoo which had seen Bohs lose all three games played at the venue before.
"I don't know, I don't keep count at this stage. It's nice for the club as well, the supporters. They've probably taken a bit of stick about Tallaght more than anybody else.
"It's the first time the club had been in the Setanta final, so it's not a bad return, played one, won one.
"From my own point of view, it was my second final after we lost the first one to Linfield, so I'm delighted to win it. We had some hard matches, Linfield, Pats, Coleraine, Glentoran.
"It's a tough competition to win. It was sandwiched between a lot of the league games as well. You're trying to change things and rest players and everything else. We played the champions of the north and the pacesetters in our own league over the last couple of weeks and we've played quite well.
"No doubt about it, it was a hard-fought win, we didn't start well at all, although I thought that in the second part of the first half, we did quite well.
"It's not about winning in Tallaght, it's about winning the cup. I don't care where it was. The players deserve all the credit. The ones that have been here since we've come in, that's their fifth trophy now and the ones that have come in, for some of them it was their first, and they've got to kick on from that now," he added.