Town’s U21 captain reviews the win at Bramall Lane- Regan Booty delighted with U21 PDL2 Final win
- Young midfielder thanks the Town fans at Bramall Lane
- Teenager already looking ahead to 2016/17
Young midfielder Regan Booty feels that Town’s Under-21s deserved the Professional Development League 2 Play-Off Final win at Sheffield United on Saturday due to the work the players have put in all season.
The young Terriers won the northern title by eight points and beat Millwall in the national semi-final before Saturday’s hard-fought 2-1 win at Bramall Lane.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling! We’ve worked hard all season and although we didn’t play our best today, we’ve found a way to win the game,” Regan told htafc.com.
“Credit to all the lads, the staff and everyone who has helped us out this season. For all the work we have done, I think we deserve to be champions.
“We’ve done so well this year, but it would have been for nothing if we hadn’t won this game. It’s our fourth final under Frankie (Bunn) and now we’ve won two.”
The Terriers had to show defensive resilience to keep the Blades at bay in the first half, but managed to perform better in the second 45 minutes and put two goals away to earn the trophy.
He continued: “They’re a strong team and they had a lot of experienced players; those who have played for their First Team and others who have been out on loan.
“We wanted to get off to a good start and hopefully set the tone, but we let them back in a bit easily. Thankfully we kicked on late in the game and that got us the win.
“Frankie told us to be brave and play as we have done all season, doing the things that got us there. We didn’t want to bottle it again like we did against Hull.
“Full credit to everyone at the back, especially the ‘keeper who is only 16. I thought they were all brilliant.
“In the second half, the attacking players started doing it – although it was a defender who won the game for us!”
Booty, who is still eligible for the Under-18s, explained the experience of playing in front of over 4,000 fans at Bramall Lane was an enjoyable and worthwhile one – and thanked the sizeable Town contingent.
“It was a great experience. These are the days that will help us prepare for the future and get us ready for the First Team.
“It was still a bit of a hostile atmosphere as most of the fans are against you, even though we had good support.
“We had 1,000 home fans against Hull and a great support at Bramall Lane, which I think spurred us on to win the game. I’d like to thank all our fans for coming; they’ve supported us all season and a lot of this is down to you.”
Now Regan has eyes on the 2016/17 season – after a well-deserved break first!
“I’m going to make sure I have a good summer and come back fit for next season. Hopefully, if I impress, you never know what might happen.
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