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Eyes on the prize

Posted: Fri 11 May 2012
Under 18s coach Terry McPhillips

Under 18s coach Terry McPhillips

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Under 18s boss Terry McPhillips wants his young side to end the season with silverware when they take on Fulham in the Academy League national final this Saturday at Craven Cottage.

The Rovers Academy has been the shining light for the club this season, reaching the final of the FA Youth Cup only to be narrowly defeated by Chelsea over two legs, and winning their hugely competitive Academy League by pipping Manchester City to the title courtesy of an away win over Manchester United in their final league game.

Now as Rovers face their final hurdle this season in the form of Fulham, McPhillips wants to cap a brilliant season off with a win.

"We are all looking forward to the game now at Craven Cottage, if we can win on Saturday it will have been a season to remember," said the Academy coach.

"The lads have just watched Chelsea celebrate and have a party here at Ewood, they've seen that and they want that themselves now.

"I don't expect anything different from us down there, we'll give it 150% effort once more, hopefully we'll play some good football and give it a right good go.

"We aren't soft, we know we'll have a hard game, we desperately want to win it after the disappointment of losing out to Chelsea."

Fulham reached the final after winning their group and defeating Leicester City 2-1 in the play-off semi-finals. They also got to the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals but were defeated by Burnley who Rovers of course knocked out in the semi-finals.

For supporters who are planning on visiting Craven Cottage this Saturday, kick-off at Craven Cottage is at 2pm. Fans can pay on the gate, prices are £3 Adults, £1 Concessions.