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🎥 Owers proud of Young Robins

City Under-23s captain Josh Owers was proud of the squad's season despite falling at the final hurdle in the Professional Development League 2 National Final.

The Young Robins conceded two goals in the first 10 minutes but managed to level things up in the second half, before, 15 minutes from time, a deflected Jay McGrath strike saw City succumb to a heart-breaking defeat.

“The boys are devastated in the changing room. It was a poor start, I think the first two goals killed us, but other than that I thought we were comfortable and on top,” he said.

“Then it’s a lucky deflection which has won them the game. I thought the boys couldn’t have done any more tonight.”

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Owers was keen to stress his pride at leading the team in what’s been a memorable season that has also seen an average of six academy graduates in the first team match-day squad.

The 20-year-old noted the impact that everyone has made when called into the Under-23s this season, adding: “The boys have been fantastic. We’ve had a great season, we've even had Under-16s come into the team and help out.

🥊 IMPACT

“A lot of the lads have kicked on this year, coming into the team and doing well. We’ve just got to kick on to next season now.”

He insisted the future was bright for the club, saying: “There’s a great pathway (to the first team), if you do well with the Under-23s then you get a chance in the first team, obviously with Duncan (Idehen), Ayman (Benarous) and all the lads last year.

“That’s the goal now for everyone to kick on next season, whether that’s out on loan or here.”

🤝 SUPPORTERS

There were over 2,000 fans at Ashton Gate for the final and the support didn’t go unnoticed from Owers.

He concluded: “Fantastic support. Thanks to all the fans for coming down, they were brilliant throughout and helped us get back in the game. We’re just sorry we couldn’t get the win for them.”

Words: Lawrence Atanlwy


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