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Emotional as Brown prepares to meet former team in FA final

Devonshire Cougars coach Dennis Brown admitted tomorrow’s FA Cup final will be an emotional moment when his team take on his former employers Somerset Trojans at the National Sports Centre (NSC).

It was only two years ago that Brown was at the helm of the west end club before swapping the red and black of Trojans for the green and gold of Cougars.

Forward to the present, it seems a fitting way to end his second term at the ‘Big Cats’ as they look to finish off their quest for their maiden ‘Triple Crown’ against his old club.

He made no qualms, however, about where his heart currently lies.

“It will be a very emotional occasion but I will have to keep them in check for the duration of the game,” said Brown. “One must remember that I coached most of the guys at Somerset, so naturally there will be some emotion but I am a Cougar now.”

The two sides locked horns on Wednesday night at BFA Field for the PDL KO Cup final, with the Devonshire side winning comfortably 5-1. Given the result of that final, many have Cougars winning their third FA Cup in four years and the league, Friendship and FA in the same season for the first time.

It isn’t hard for the boss to motivate his players for this match, with complacency not an issue according to him.

“It is not hard to keep them focused because they know that they have to put the time into the sessions and we will be totally focused for our sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening,” said for the former Bermuda international.

“There is no room for complacency because the competition for places in the team is high and all spots are up for grabs. Midfielder Drewonde Bascome came on as a sub and scored a hat-trick in the 7-0 win semi-final over Southampton Rangers last weekend.

“To sit a player like Drewonde last week wasn’t easy but in the end I thought that it elevated his game and I told him during a session this week that I would like to see him effect most games like that as a starter,” said the coach.

With two of the three piece of silverware in the closet already, an FA Cup to complete the quest will rank highly in his long list of achievements.

“It would mean the world to me to win the Triple Crown but the game is played on the field and we mustn’t take anything for granted,” said Brown. “Somerset will be a hard nut to crack on Sunday. They have a good team who can hurt you if you are not careful.

“To achieve this would rank right up there when I captained a Trojans team to three years undefeated in the league which spanned 51 games in the 1980s.”

The final is scheduled for a 3pm kick off.

Somerset Trojans players celebrate after beating Devonshire Cougars to win the Dudley Eve Trophy in 2007. Dennis Brown was the Trojans coach that season, but now goes up against his former team as they bid for a first Triple Crown tomorrow with victory in the FA Cup final.

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Published April 06, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated April 05, 2013 at 7:18 pm)

Emotional as Brown prepares to meet former team in FA final

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