Painted on the wall inside the Dalymount Park dressing room are the words 'Never Give Up'. And that is the mantra that Sean Byrne instilled into his Bohemians team.

In what was their first introduction to senior women's football the Dublin club had to contend with a delayed start, then a truncated season, followed by a recruitment process to find players, and then some tough games.

How did they fare? Pretty well actually. Cynics will say that they finished bottom of Group 2 with just one win in the Women's National League. However, the bigger picture shows that they made huge strides forward.

Byrne was a shrewd appointment considering his experience in women's football and particularly in the League when he previously led Raheny United to success. To have someone of his skillset - as well as the support of Pat Trehy and Derek O'Neill - is a huge coup for Bohemians and his influence was clear to see this season.

A fighting start away to Wexford Youths signalled their intent to 'never give up' - highlighted in the fact that they scored in their first ever League game. There would be more hard-luck stories over a four-month period, but the common theme was that Bohemians made a fight of it each time.

One of the factors that went against them was getting players in late. It was nobody's fault but if the likes of Shauna Newman, Chloe Flynn and Rebecca Creagh had more time to build up fitness and work with the squad then they would have helped to create a stronger core to the team. It is something that they can get ahead of for the 2021 season.

There were a number of bright sparks that emerged, particularly Aisling Spillane, Courtney Maguire, Chloe Darby, Ann-Marie Byrne, Niamh Kenna, Abbie Brophy and Aoife Robinson. Then there was the return to form of players like Sophie Watters and Bronagh Kane, who had showed flashes of their talent at other clubs but stepped up in the red & black of Bohemians.

Potential is one thing, results is another. And Byrne knows that. He will be frustrated that they didn't pick up more points than they did and that their run in the FAI Women's Senior Cup ended early, but a good coach will always want more. And it's that reason why he is the ideal man to keep leading the club forward.

From a League perspective, it was refreshing to have a club of Bohemians - with its rich history - involved, it was brilliant that they got to play at Dalymount Park (this is something that they should explore more often), it was heartening to see their link with Inner City Helping Homeless, and it was encouraging that they did not roll over in games when giving up would have been the easier thing to do.

Bohemians will be stronger for this experience and so too will the League. If they can keep supporting Byrne and his vision then expect more positive results to come in the future.