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Mahon sorry for starved Saints fans

PETE Mahon admits he feels sorry for the St Patrick's Athletic supporters after they were denied yet another trophy by Saturday's Setanta Cup final defeat by Bohemians.

A 1-0 loss in Tallaght means that a 2003 League Cup win remains the last trophy success for the Saints, and Mahon (pictured) is sorry that the current crop couldn't bridge that gap.

"I'm disappointed for fans, they've given us terrific support," said Mahon, pleased with his side's display against the Gypsies. "They've been bridesmaids now a few times, we have to rectify that.

"I thought coming into the game we would win. I had a good feeling about the match. Pat's fans are knowledgeable and should be proud of their team, we did everything we could.

"I thought we did everything we could but score. We played as well as we can at times, but we fell asleep once or twice. We were playing the double league champions, a full-time team, everyone's favourites, and I felt we acquitted ourselves well," added Mahon.

"In cup finals you need the ball to bounce for you; it didn't bounce for us once on Saturday. There was a goal-line clearance, blocks, headers all over the place. I can't remember a game where we got so many crosses into the box and just couldn't score. We got to take it on the chin, congratulate Bohs, and move on.

"In a cup final, the first goal is always crucial and it was hard to come back but I couldn't have asked for any more from the players," Mahon added.

His players have little time to feel sorry for themselves, however, as they have a league game at Richmond Park against Bohemians on Friday night, an excellent chance for the Saints to go back on top of the table and gain revenge.