In the Southern Elite Division of the SSE Airtricity League’s Under 19 league it’s still UCD, Cork City and Cobh Ramblers who set the pace. All three won at the weekend, with UCD the big winners, as they beat Shamrock Rovers 4-1.
Even though UCD were missing top striker Yoyo Mahdy, they still easily accounted for Shamrock Rovers. Conor Crowley opened the scoring after only four minutes, before Sean McDonald struck twice, either side of Dean Dillon’s goal, before the half-time break. Kevin Coffey wrapped up the scoring on 63 minutes.
UCD’s Maciej Tarnogrodzki said, “We played a very good game. I felt we deserved to win it based on our overall performance.”
“We scored very quickly from Conor Crowley’s excellent free kick after Sean McDonald was fouled 10 yards outside the penalty box.”
“15 minutes later our second goal was very well finished by Sean McDonald after he won the ball in opposition half and passed the Rovers defender before finishing in the bottom corner.”
“Shamrock Rovers did get one goal back after our mistake at the back. We finished the first half very strong with an excellent half volley finish by Sean McDonald and we were leading 3-1 at half-time.”
“I think in the second half we controlled the situation on the pitch and added another goal after very good combination play, when Kevin Coffey finished well after a Sean McDonald assist.”
“The whole team was excellent and deserve big credit for the effort and football quality showed on that day. Sean McDonald was involved in every goal we scored and had a very good performance on Saturday. On Monday, we start preparing for our next league match.”
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Shamrock Rovers manager Aidan Price said, “We’re very disappointed with our individual mistakes with the goals we gave away in the first half.”
“We could’ve easily have been drawing the game at half time, but we failed to take our chances.”
In the second half we failed to create enough chances and ultimately left ourselves open for UCD to deservedly get the win.”
Cobh Ramblers left Galway with all three points after a 2-1 win. Peter Callanan and Dean Swords were the goalscorers.
Cobh’s Declan Coleman was pleased with the win, “Very happy with the win. Disappointed to concede late on and caused us to be under a bit of pressure in the dying moments, but we were resolute and dealt with the onslaught in injury time.”
“Delighted for Dean Swords to get a goal in his first appearance for us, he’s been with the first team all season. Peter Callanan got a wonderful goal too, a 30 yard half volley that hit the bar twice as it went in.”
“We created a lot of chances which is pleasing and Conor Hogan made one big save late on as well so overall there are lots of positives.”
Galway’s Nigel Keady said, “It was a close contest between us. Cobh scored an excellent individual goal late in the first half.”
“We adjusted our system for the second half and had plenty of possession in Cobh’s half without creating many chances.”
“A couple of poor mistakes gifted them a second goal and it was an uphill battle for us after that. Having said that we missed a great chance to equalise after we scored a late penalty.”
Cork were 3-1 winners over Limerick, with two goals from Denzil Fernandes along with a Brian Mulcahy goal.
“We were a bit better in the second half and created some good chances in the last 20 minutes, and could’ve snatched a draw with those chances but we wouldn’t have deserved it to be honest. Well done to Cork.”
“Sub Aaron Fitzgerald scored with a decent left foot chance and Bradley McNamara plus Adam Foley almost scored in the last quarter.”
After the disappointment of losing heavily to Cork City in the Munster Derby the weekend previous, Waterford put that behind them to pick up their first three points of the season by beating Cabinteely 2-1.
The home side started on the front foot but they were denied the breakthrough goal after ten minutes when he struck the post of Blues keeper Ben Murray.
It was Murray that showed his class five minutes later when he made a super save before Waterford’s Owen Wall cracked a stunning effort after a brilliant run off the crossbar on 22 minutes. The lead goal for the Blues did arrive on 35 minutes when Shane Griffin found the net with a fine effort from 25 yards.
A second Waterford goal arrived with just over an hour on the clock when Darryl Walsh went on a good run down the left-flank before pulling the ball back to Owen Wall and he set up Eddie Black, who hammered a left-footed shot to the net from just inside the penalty area.
Jordan Andre got a goal back from Cabinteely on 73 minutes when he rose inside the area to beat Ben Murray with a header before the hosts did have chances to level the game with Andrew McGovern having a brilliant effort superbly cleared off the line as the Blues held out for the win.
Cabinteely’s John Paul Kelly told us afterwards, “Overall I thought we played well today . We created a lot of chances and didn’t put them away. Credit to Waterford they played well and I there keeper had an excellent game making some good saves.”
On Tuesday evening Bray Wanderers defeated Wexford 2-0 with goals from Cormac Kelly and John Moorehouse to record their first win of the season.
Doug Minihane (Cork City
Shamrock Rovers FC