By Aaron Cawley
Sligo Rovers striker Jonah Ayunga is happy about how his time at the Bit O’Red is going so far. Speaking exclusively to us over the weekend, the on loan forward talks about his goal last Friday night against Drogheda United, his thoughts on the league itself and what he hopes to gain from his time at Rovers.
Speaking about Rovers draw last Friday night, Ayunga thought Rovers slow start to the game cost the team but the draw was a fair result.
“I think the draw at the end of the game was a fair result. We didn’t start the game in the way we wanted but we had good dominant spells, just didn’t fully take advantage of them.”
Ayunga’s goal put Rovers back on level terms with Drogheda and Jonah revels that it was something that they had worked on during training;
“My goal came just before half time from a set play we had worked on the day before. The cross was delivered to the back post, I lost my man and couldn’t miss.”
For many players moving to a different country to play football can have its own problems but Ayunga revealed he’s settled in to life at the Showgrounds and is enjoying live in the League of Ireland;
“I’ve been enjoying my time at the club, feel like I’m now used to the pace and physicality of the league and the teams performances are getting better so hopefully I can start getting a few more goals.”
Ayunga is on a season long loan from Brighton and he’s been impressed with the level of competition in the league as a whole so far this season;
“My loan is for the duration of the season so here until October/November. The standard of teams in the league is good, been a few upsets in term of results which shows the competitiveness. Mid table is still quite tight going into the second round of games so we still believe we can climb up the table”
Like every young footballer Jonah wants to play at the highest level there is, but he is aware that doing well for Rovers can help him achieve that when he goes back to Brighton next season;
“My aim in the game is to play at the highest level I possibly can and playing in the football leagues. But at the moment just focusing on playing as well as possible and trying to score goals to put me in the best position for when I go back to Brighton.”
Larry McQuliian (Drogheda United)