Interview: Bohemians striker Cian Fay

Cian Fay
We recently had the pleasure of speaking to young Bohemians striker Cian Fay.

Cian is 18 years old and joined the club earlier this season after leaving Longford Town. Cian has featured on the bench this season for Bohemians first-team, after injuries have decimated Keith Buckley’s striking options.

We first asked him why he left Longford? He said, “I was with Longford for 3 years with loads of great experience in and out of the first team, but when a massive club such as bohs comes knocking it was to big of an opportunity to turn away.

He announced himself at Bohemians with a four-goal haul in an 8-3 win over Monaghan/Cavan. He was thrilled to score four goals, but was quick to say it was an all-round team performance, “For me personally it’s always nice to score in a game weather it is just the one goal. I feel that the Monaghan game was a full team performance and great for everybody’s confidence in the dressing room.”

“I’ve been lucky enough to be on the bench for the first team on three different occasions now, and it’s been great experience. There are some top players and coaches around our first team and it’s always nice to learn from them.”

His coach at U-19 level Graham Lawlor said that due to scoring four goals teams would start marking him much tighter, and that it’s something the young striker will have to deal with going forward. Fay said, “I don’t like to concentrate on the opposing defence going in to a game. I would rather be focused on my own performance for the team and trying to help us get the three points as always.”

“As a striker there is always something to improve on in and around the box or even the defending aspect of the game, I feel every training session that goes by I am always improving and learning.”

“Longford gave me my first chance at league of Ireland, and for me if I didn’t take the chance of signing for Longford when offered by Mark Connors, who had a hugh roll to play in my development as a player, I don’t think I would be where I am today.”

He was disappointed with the U-19 team’s start to the season saying, “The start of this season has been really positive for both me and the team. I have scored six in four games which is always a bonus. The start we had was not the one we were looking for, with two wins a draw and a loss, but we have a good attitude as a whole and always train with great tempo.”

If he keeps scoring at the rate he has been, it won’t be long before he’s back in the first-team squad and knocking on the door to get into the team.

Photo Credit: Stephen Burke