Grant seeks reward for hard work
Danny Grant believes that a place in Europe next season for the first time in eight years would be a fair reward for the work put in by his Bohemians side this term.
The TV cameras will be at Richmond Park for tonight's Dublin derby, St Patrick's Athletic needing a win to keep alive their faint hopes of Europe but, following on last week's 2-1 win over champions Dundalk, a point will be enough for Bohs to claim a place in the Europa League.
"A lot of clubs have nothing to play for at this time of the year so we are still in contention, we have ourselves to thank for getting to third but we have to make sure we stay there now, finish the job and get into Europe," says Bohs winger Grant.
"We have worked really hard to get here and we can't throw it away now, Europe would be a real reward for our supporters for sticking with us all season."
Red tape denied Grant the chance to play European football for Bohs in the UEFA Youth League last season, so he's eager to make it into the Europa League proper.
"If we do make the Europa League it would be my first time to play in Europe and that's the dream for a lot of players in the league," added the teenager who this week celebrated his first call-up to the Ireland U21 squad. He was an unused sub for Tuesday's Euro qualifying defeat in Iceland.
"I am still young and I have time on my side but I know it would be a great experience, we have a young dressing room and for us young lads to play in the Europa League would be something else."
Meanwhile, Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley was pleased to see Roberto Lopes make his international debut for Cape Verde Islands. "He played 45 minutes on Sunday and he played 90 last week so he really enjoyed it and it was a great experience for him," says Bradley ahead of tonight's trip to UCD.
"I'm delighted for him because it's just reward for his performances this year. Playing for your country is the pinnacle and he's gone and done that."