Cobh Ramblers went down 2-1 in the RSC on Friday as Waterford scored ten minutes from time through Patrick McClean.
After last week’s win over ICD Stephen Henderson’s men were hoping to go top of the First Division with a win, but instead it was Waterford who ended up on top.
There was bitter disappointment all around after the game.
Cobh boss Stephen Henderson told us, “Obviously we’re very disappointed to lose a game we deserved to win, but extremely happy with our performance level for this stage of the season.”
“We are still improving and the belief in our players grows stronger with every game.”
“If you finish above Waterford you win the league as far as I’m concerned, so it was important for our lads to see what level is required against them and now they know.”
“We had a stone wall penalty denied at 1-1 which was very disappointing but these things happen so we dust ourselves down, learn from this game and get ready for Wexford next week.”
Hendo was full of praise for Waterford FC after the game;
“It’s unusual to be upbeat after defeat but these players continue to be a credit to our club and have now seen they can compete with everyone in this league, provided we continue to stay focused on and off the pitch and do what we always do, which is work extremely hard and support each other when times are tough.”
“The players, coaches and back-room staff are a pleasure to be around and the support we had in the RSC was incredible. We will do everything in our power to try to bring success this season for them because good people deserve good things and we are lucky to be surrounded by so many.”
Goalkeeper Paul Hunt said, “We are hugely disappointed not to get something out of the game, which we thought we deserved, unfortunately like we all know sport is not fair at times.”
“After the first series we are happy with our position still in with a chance of promotion. We had one bad result, and performance which no one was happy about, but like this team always does it reacted in a proper way which I expect no different from them next week.”
On his own performances this season, “Personally I feel the season has started well and am really enjoying my football at the minute. I was happy to get my first clean sheet of the season last week but obviously in the second set of games I’d like to improve that and get a good few more.”
Left-back Kyle McNamara said, “From start to finish the lads were outstanding. By far the best performance of the season I’ve seen from everyone, they all put in 110% and yes things didn’t go our way but that’s football.”
“After the final whistle went we were all hugely disappointed about the result, because we knew we had chance to win.”
“Maybe we should have had a penalty, maybe their goal might have been off-side, but we should have taken our chances, me included. We will be back better and stronger next week for Wexford.”
Midfielder Stephen Christoper said, “It was a kick in the teeth to lose the game after dominating large parts of it, and with a bit of luck on another day we would have won the game. Despite the loss, the performance will give us huge confidence that we have nothing to fear in the league. If we show the right application in games, I have no doubt we will be up near the top at the end of the season”.
With regards recent performances and results, he said, “It’s been a good start to the season bar our performance up in Cabinteely, which we know wasn’t acceptable.”
“We are a little disappointed to have conceded two late goals against Shels and Wexford which cost us 4 points. We’ve shown that we can grind out results and also win games playing our own game, and I’m sure as the season goes on all the young lads in our squad will grow in confidence and our performances will get better and better and hopefully that will lead to more wins.”
On his own performances, “I’m happy with how I’ve started the season. I’ve chipped in with a few goals and assists which is definitely an area where I want to improve on, and I’m also hoping to add more consistency to my performances this year as it let me down last season.”
The club were full of praise themselves for their hugely popular coach;
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