Republic of Ireland Under-19 player Andy Lyons thanked Keith Long and Trevor Croly for taking a chance on him at Bohemians.

Lyons is currently in Armenia at the European Championships where the Boys in Green have progressed to the semi-final against Portugal which will be played on Wednesday. 

"I'm obviously grateful to Keith and Trevor for giving me the chance of playing first team football at Bohs," Lyons told the RTÉ Soccer Podcast.

"Obviously, coming into Europe playing against top sides, it's somewhat of a different game, the movement of the French and all that kind of stuff. You learn things every game. 

"Playing against the top players in the league, especially the likes of Michael Duffy, it really does you give you a good foundation to into these competitions.

"The League itself builds you up for occasions like this. Every game you become a better player and you learn different things. For me, it's a big advantage coming into this tournament because you're playing against older men and you're being guided by older men and great coaches.

"I'm very happy to have played first team football for Bohs and it's put me in good stead to play in a top competition like this."

Despite several players being unavailable for selection, Tom Mohan's side finished second in their group and have caught the eye on their way to the last four.

Just how do the players unwind in tournament football?

"Love Island is a big thing. We're all watching it. It's good to take your mind of football, so Love Island is doing that for us." 

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