We recently had the pleasure to chat to young Cork City striker Aaron Drinan to talk about his progression from Cobh Ramblers U-19’s to the fringes of John Caulfield’s first-team.
Drinan 19, worked under his current U-19 coach Stephen Bermingham at Cobh Ramblers, before both left to join Cork.
Drinan said, “I was with Cobh U-19’s when I was 16 and after my first season there I joined City’s U-19’s and haven’t looked back.”
You played in the UEFA youth league last season, scoring in both ties against HJK and Roma, talk us through that run, and what it felt like to score against Roma in front of such a large crowd at Turners Cross?
“The run we had in the UEFA Youth League was the best experience I’ve had so far, it was immense. Those two games were definitely the best performances the team had and we were lucky not to get a result at the cross against Roma. Scoring in front of such a big crowd was unbelievable and it gave me a want to do that week in week out.”
We asked him how he thinks his development is going at Cork, “Personally I think my development has been going great, I think I’ve made very good progress and I’ll only keep working hard to keep improving.”
His goalscoring form has been great this season for the Under 19’s, including a Last-minute winner against Bray Wanderers followed by a hat-trick against Waterford, “Yeah getting the winner against Bray was in the last minute and there’s no better feeling than a late winner.”
“It was also good to grab a hat-trick against Waterford and hopefully the good run of goals will continue.”
His manager at Under 19 level Stephen Bermingham was full of praise for the youngster following his performance against Waterford saying, “It was 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.”
Bermingham went on to say, “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.”
Drinan has featured on the bench for John Caulfield’s side in both EA Sports Cup victories over Limerick and St Patrick’s Athletic, and he’s delighted that the manager is looking to players at U-19 level, “Yeah it’s good to know John’s coming to watch the U-19’s as I’m sure everybody wants to progress onto the first team. I’m doing well for myself at U-19 level and if John calls I’d feel more than ready.”
His football ambitions are similar to most young players these days, “My football ambitions are to play at the highest level possible and I’ll keep working hard to achieve that.”
Aaron is also pleased that the club’s first-team players are always on hand to offer advice to all the young players at the club, “The first team lads are a great help in training, and they’re always there to help you to improve your game and what sort of things to do to improve.”
When asked what City player he admires most, and looks up to, it’s no surprise to hear the answer, “The player I look up to most at Cork would definitely be Seani Maguire, as we both play in the same position. I think his all round game is definitely something I can take note of.”
City fans will be taking note of another striker pretty soon, should his progression continue at the rate it’s going.