‘A moment never to be forgotten.’

That was the message from Sutton United chairman Bruce Elliott speaking after the U’s penalty defeat in Dublin following a 0-0 draw.

Bohs goalkeeper Shane Supple saved two penalties to take the shootout 4:3 and create history by becoming the first Irish side to reach the quarter-finals of the Irn Bru Scottish Challenge Cup.

Despite the cup exit at on Saturday, Elliot spoke of the pride he had in the team and supporters alike.

Over 300 supporters made the journey to the Irish capital to cheer on Paul Doswell’s side, and they were not let down.

“When our players appeared onto the pitch, it sounded like the whole of Sutton had moved to Dublin,” said Elliott.

“What an occasion to have been part of. How lucky we are to have been given so many memorable days in the last few years, they should never be taken for granted. So well done to Dos, Ian Baird & all the management team, as well as the players for representing our club and the National League so well.”

Question marks were raised when Sutton United and Boreham Wood were invited to play in the Scottish competition, but Elliott said the turnout the team’s fans have shown in both away ties, in Airdrie and Dublin, have answered the nay-sayers.

“As a club we have embraced wholeheartedly our invitation to be one of the first two English clubs to participate in the Scottish Challenge Cup. Everyone wearing our colours represented our club magnificently. As somebody has already said, our entry into this competition was ‘Absolutely Mad and Wonderful at the same time’.”

“Nobody who was there will ever forget the noise that our supporters made when the teams appeared on to the pitch, truly a moment never to be forgotten so, again, thanks to each and every one of you for making it an occasion to remember for us all.”

Sutton will now turn their attention to the FA Cup as they travel to Wealdstone on Saturday in a fourth round qualifier.