It was another great week of action in the SSE Airtricity League’s Under 19 League as Sligo returned to winning ways, Bohemians had a big win over Dundalk, Cork thrash Waterford, and UCD, Limerick and Cobh have good wins.
Northern Elite Division
In the Northern Elite Division Sligo made amends for last week’s defeat by beating Longford Town 3-0. Goals from Gary Higgins, Mikey Place and substitute Dayo Fabunmi helped the Bitored to victory.
Sligo’s Brian Dorrian said, “Good away victory for us, especially after last weeks defeat to Bohs. We asked the lads to show a reaction and to be fair they did. To get a clean sheet was important after the manner we conceded goals the week before.”
“Gary Higgins opened the scoring after seven minutes when he exploited a defensive mix up, Mikey Plaice then scored after quarter of an hour, which is important for him as he is a first team panellist that needs to get games. In the U-19’s he will get those games which is part of his development as a player. He takes a different threat to teams which helps us aswell.”
“Dayo Fubrini scored in the 90th minute to score his first goal for the club, which was pleasing for him and will give him confidence.”
“To be fair to Longford they are a young team, but they tried to keep playing when they were chasing the game. That is very good for the U-19 league, teams trying to play helps the players develop and learn. Wd kick on now and get ready for Dundalk in two weeks time.”
Bohemians followed up that win over Sligo with another impressive display by beating Dundalk 4-2, with double-strikes from both Cian Fay and Ryan Graydon.
Bohs Graham Lawlor, “We were delighted to win our third game on the bounce. W’ere showing consistency now in our game.”
“Keith Long and Trevor Crolly were in attendance so the players didn’t do themselves any harm in terms of their performance.”
“Cian Fay continues to hit the back of the net by getting a brace, he now has 9 in 6 games which isn’t a bad return. Lately we have focused on him playing in central areas and he is reaping the rewards in front of goal.”
“Ryan Graydon, a recruit last season from our U-17s also scored two goals, and he has also been one of our best players in the last two games. He is technically excellent but it’s off the ball where he is working even harder for the team.”
“The only negative we have from the game against Dundalk was conceding two late goals. We need to remain focused and keep clean sheets and not become complacent when we’re winning a game comfortably.”
Drogheda United beat Shelbourne 4-1 to move into sixth in the table.
Drogheda manager Derek Boyle said, “Good win for us yesterday, I felt we played well enough over the 90 minutes. We were two up at half time with goals from Mark Doyle and Karl Fitzsimons.”
“It was going to be important who got the first goal in the second half, and thankfully it was us from a great strike from Led Partridge, who also scored against Derry last week.”
“Shels got one back nearly straight away, but Karl Fitzsimons got a fourth for us, and his second, to more or less seal the game. Shels created a few chances in second half but thankfully they only scored the one.”
Derry City were big 8-0 winners over a Monaghan/Cavan side who are still struggling with injuries.
Derry’s John Quigg said it was a very good display from Derry saying, “I’m just delighted with some of the players especially young Sean McBride the centre forward, who scored four goals. Cathal Farren scored one while substitute Matt Doberty got a hat-trick. We have a big derby game next week at home to finn harps, which are great games so looking forward to that now.”
St Patrick’s Athletic were very big 4-1 winners over Finn Harps as they moved fourth in the table.
Finn Harps manager Joe Boyle said, “We are very disappointed following the match as we started very well. We created a number of chances, missing a penalty and a great opportunity.”
“To St Pat’s credit they went in 2-1 up at half time, but it did not reflect the first half. If we had gone in 2-1 up it would have made for a different second half. The goal right on half time knocked the lads greatly.”
“St Pat’s lifted their level of play in the second half and yet again we let ourselves down in both boxes.”
“It has been a difficult couple of weeks for the Harps U-19’s with injuries and poor results. Saturday was no different with Luke Neilis and Dylan Mc Croary adding the crisis. This is a period of unbelievable amount of injuries.”
“So, with Derry City next it will be the focus that the lads need to bounce back.”
St Pats Garrett Dodrill, “It was a good performance and result for us from a difficult fixture. Finn harps had started the season well and we had been too inconsistent up to now.”
“We started slowly and found ourselves 1-0 down after just five minutes, and hd to replace Jason Grouse who got injured in the lead up to their goal.”
“We could have been two down but managed to recover and Josh Hogan equalised for us after 12 minutes with a header following great work and cross from Aidan Keena.”
“Within a minute Finn harps won a penalty but thankfully they missed it to let us off the hook. We then controlled possession a bit better and went 2-1 up after good work down the right by Josh who’s cross was headed off the post by Aidan Keena before he finished the rebound himself.”
“In a second half Aidan added two more goals from free kicks from the left by Sean Quinn who was playing his first game ever at left back. The pick of these saw Aido flick the ball up before spinning and volleying into the far corner from 25 yards out. It capped an impressive display by Aidan who’s workrate was phenomenal throughout the game.”
“The scoreline flattered us a little as Finn harps where a threat throughout the game and we capitalised on a few errors.”
Southern Elite Division
In the Southern Elite Division it’s UCD and Cork City who continue at the top with Cobh Ramblers just a point behind.
UCD beat Galway United 3-0 with Yoyo Mahdy (pictured above) scoring twice, and Andrew O’Reilly getting the other.
UCD’s Maciej Tarnogrodzki said, “We played a very good game against a good Galway side. I think we deserved to win the match based on our overall performance.”
“We kept the ball well and everyone worked very hard throughout the match.”
“We were leading 2-0 at halftime after very good goals from Yousef Mahdy and Andy O’Reilly from Conor Crowley crosses. We also created another couple of good chances during the first half. ”
“At the beginning of the second half Yoyo Mahdy added another goal again from a Conor Crowley assist.”
“I think Galway had one very good chance in the second half but we also missed a couple of clear cut chances. We managed the game very well.”
“Our defence was very solid directed by experienced Andy O’Reilly & Darragh Corcoran.”
“Finn McGowan in goal didn’t have much work during the match but kept his focus and made very good saves when needed.”
“For Luke Boore it was his first competitive match this season and taking that into consideration it was a positive performance.”
On players that impressed during the game Maciej said, “I think our midfielders Conor Crowley, Luka Lovic and Sean Quinn had very good games and linked up well with our two wingers (Mark Dignam and Kevin Coffey) who worked tirelessly on the flanks.
Sean McDonald worked hard and created a couple of chances for other players. Yoyo was clinical with chances he had and took them very well.”
“It was a team performance and everyone deserved big credit for that win. We still have things to improve on, and from next Monday we start preparing for our next match.”
Cork City were rampant against Waterford, winning five goals to nil as Waterford stay winless at this level.
Cork City’s Stephen Bermingham told us after the game, “We were very happy with the result against Waterford yesterday.”
“We were delighted with our overall attacking play and the five goals we scored. We linked up very well and our movement was excellent from start to finish. We had done a lot of work on these areas during the week so it was great to see it evident in the game.”
“While we dominated the game, we still have work to do on our defensive side. Waterford created a number of good chances in the first half.”
“I thought we were clinical in attack and that was the deciding factor in the game. We have been creating a lot of chances in our first 6 games but we weren’t converting them, so it was great to see that part back in our game yesterday.”
On hat-trick hero Aaron Drinan, “It was also great to see Aaron score a Hat-trick at the weekend, he took his goals really well. He also had a huge part to play in Daire O’Riordan’s goal with his link up play with Ross Welch. Aaron has been working very hard over the past few weeks and has continued his great scoring form from last year. This has been rewarded with a call up to our senior squad on a number of occasions in recent weeks.”
Bray Wanderers were beaten 2-0 by Cabinteely, and their coach John Paul Kelly said, “Good win, well deserved I thought against a very good Bray side who wanted to play the game in the right way. Not much in the game but we took our chances.”
The first goal really was from hard work and great credit to the lads, and especially from Craig Canty who really created something out of nothing by pure hard work. Craig really has done well for us the last few weeks.”
“The second goal really is a piece of class by Jordan Andre, as he creates something out of nothing and gets a well deserved goal out of it.”
“Delighted with the performance of the lads against a very good team and we can take a lot of positives from the game.”
Bray’s Marc Kenny didn’t offer up any complaints afterwards, “No complaints, Cabinteeley fully deserved the points.”
“We lost our starting goalkeeper in the warm up, and having a player sent off in the first half basically summed up our day.”
“They looked first to every ball and hungrier. After a run of 2/3 games of playing well, we felt we let ourselves down.”
Cobh Ramblers beat Wexford by four goals to one. We asked Cobh’s Declan Coleman about Gordon Walker’s two goals, both penalties, and he said, “Yeah, after last week when there was a bit of confusion over who was the penalty taker I decided to let Gordon have them today, with Eoin Davis out injured and luckily he managed to get two. He stuck them away very well in fairness to him.”
“The result is a brilliant one, keeping up the good home record as well. We were 1-0 up at half time but I felt that we hadn’t played well enough in the half to kill the game off, and I’m sure Wexford would have been thinking they could come out in the 2nd half and be more dominant because they had a little bit more possession than us.”
“But in the second half we really upped it, and were much better in possession and created a lot more chances. We dictated the tempo of the game much more and it paid off with the goals we scored.”
“It’s an important win for us and keeps us up around the top of the table where we want to be.”
Wexford’s James Quinn said, “We started off this game poorly and conceded a needless penalty after three minutes which Cobh duly dispatched to the net.”
“After this we settled down and played some good football for the rest of the first half. We hit the post through a Craig Hayes header from a sublime Dean George cross and Craig also flashed a volley just wide from a Yaw Aboagye cross.”
“Cian Doyle then struck a free kick that just cleared the cross bar. Despite these and other half chances we went in at the break 1 goal down.”
The second half started similar to the first in that Cobh scored early due to another defensive lapse, this time from a corner.”
“On 65 minutes we were reduced to 10 men in bizarre circumstances, and after that to be honest Cobh took control of the game.”
“We conceded another penalty which was converted, before we managed to pull a goal back through Adam Rochford after a great through ball from Craig Hayes.”
“Cobh then caught us on the break to score their 4th while we pushed for a 2nd goal.
Overall this was a disappointing display and result and all credit to Cobh who deserved their victory. Best on the day for us were Dean George and Craig Hayes.”
Limerick had a very good 4-2 win over Shamrock Rovers.
Limerick’s Tommy Barrett, “We played excellent football against a very strong wind, and limited Rovers to shots from distance and set pieces where they posed a threat.”
“Ger Barry got our first with a lobbed finish, while Adam Foley got the second after an excellent through ball by Ger Barry.”
“We started brightly in the second half and Killian Brouder powered a header to the roof of the net from an Alan Murphy corner.”
“Rovers got a good headed goal to make it 3-2 but Ger Barry wrapped it up with 10 minutes to go with a clinical left footed finish after great wing play from William Fitzgerald.”
“Overall an brilliant team performance against a strong Shamrock Rovers side. A very entertaining game with good football played by both teams.”
Shamrock Rovers manager Aidan Price said, “Tough game today. I felt we made it very difficult for ourselves. We made some poor individual mistakes and when we looked like getting back into the game at 2-1, we conceded from a set piece to make it 3-1. Same thing again when we got back to 3-2. Disappointed, but we will work hard again this week to get ready for another tough game against UCD next week.”
Stephen Burke (Bohemians)
St Patrick’s Athletic