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Philliskirk: "I'm Very Proud"

24 April 2014

Tony Philliskirk was elated with his side's penalty victory over Blackpool last night, stating his joy at lifting the trophy.

Ryan Ellison smashed the winning penalty after Danny Byrnes had equalised in the final minute of normal time and the manager expressed his delight at winning the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup.

He said: "I'm very proud and pleased for my staff as well. One thing we've developed this season is the spirit and the lads have been fantastic from day one. 

"I'm really pleased for the second years. Their attitudes have been outstanding and that will take them a long way in life. If they have that spirit in life then they will go a long way and I'm really chuffed for them."

Byrnes was a threat throughout the night and Philliskirk heaped praise on the youngster. "Danny's been excellent for us this year and he's only a first year," commented the gaffer.

"He's got to get a lot stronger and bulk up but we've been telling him all season to get in there but what a sublime finish from him."

With some youngsters leaving the club, it was a great way to end their tenure with Oldham Athletic and Philliskirk reflected on his time with the players.

"They have been a joy and pleasure to work with this year. I'm absolutely chuffed and it's great to go back to the club with a little bit of silverware," said the manager. 

"My aim at the club is just to produce players for Oldham Athletic and become assets for the club. It's a great achievement for the whole of the youth department. Hopefully we'll have more nights like this in future."

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