Cobh boss Henderson talks about clash with Wexford and underhand approaches from clubs

Cobh Ramblers Manager Stephen Henderson

Cobh Ramblers host Wexford on Friday night in a repeat of their opening day fixture, a game which finished in a controversial 1-1 draw. Leading through a goal from Dean Swords, Cobh kicked the ball out of play due to an injury to their captain Chris McCarthy (Kaka). Wexford, instead of returning the ball to Cobh played on and scored a 90th minute equaliser from Lee Duffy.

Speaking to the media before Friday’s game Hendo said, “I keep saying it, you can’t buy what we have here. Our lads worked their hearts out against Waterford. The fact we’re disappointed we didn’t beat them shows how far we’ve come.”

“If we had won last week we could have gone top. So to be right in it, coming up to the break, I just can’t compliment my players enough. We’ve worked hard, and we have some fine young players that are coming to the fore.”

“Ireland U-21 boss Noel King was at our match last week, which speaks volumes to what these young lads are doing and what Cobh Ramblers are doing.”

On the game against Waterford last weekend Henderson told “I thought we were a bit ragged in the first half and were fortunate to go in at halftime not behind. In the second half we were much more organised, and created enough good chances to win the game, but overall a draw was a fair result.”

We also asked him about potential departures from the club during the upcoming transfer window. He didn’t hold back saying, “Unfortunately when clubs like ourselves promote young players we leave ourselves open to some underhanded approaches from clubs, who are failing in their own development programs. However, we are fortunate that our lads love playing for Cobh and understand that we have their interests at heart and treat them with the respect they deserve.”

On the injury front, Karl Caulfield remains absent but is close to a return, however Friday’s game comes just a bit too soon for the former Avondale United man. Cian Kingston remains out with an ankle injury.

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