Under 19 League- Southern Elite Division 

Dean Swords Cobh Ramblers
Dean Swords scored twice against Bray

Cobh Ramblers leap-frogged their local rivals Cork City at the top of the Southern Elite Division after a 4-0 victory over Bray Wanderers at the weekend. Dean Swords scored twice with Peter Callanan and Dave Hurley get the others. 

Cobh’s Declan Coleman told us, “It was really a game of two halves. We were very poor in the first half and Bray deserved to be a few goals up based on their play and their dominance of possession. Although we did have one clear cut chance after about 4 minutes which probably should have been a penalty. Other than that though we were terrible.”

“We had to take a look at ourselves at half time and I can’t give the players enough credit for the way they responded in the second half.”

“We probably still weren’t at our best until we got the second goal but were definitely the better side. We got some very good team goals with some very good moves and we dominated after that. In the end I feel we deserved the win because of how we reacted in the second half.”

Bray’s Marc Kenny, “Again we played some really good football for 45 minutes and conceded in the 1st minute of the second half. We created some very good chances and had two very good shouts for penalties.”

“It seems to be our achilles heel when we concede, we just seem to fall apart. Three away games in eight days will be hard on our lads, but taking the positives from today’s 1st half we be looking to continue that for 90 minutes.”

Kenny had special praise for Cobh and their Chairman after the game, “All in all Cobh are a very big and powerful side and it’s a great place to go. I want to say a special mention thank you to their Chairman for the welcome he gave.”

Check out the goals from the game here;

Cork City had a bit of a mixed bag, after beating Wexford they then went down 3-1 at home to Galway United on Wednesday evening.

Cork had five separate goalscorers against Wexford, Garvan Manley, Kevin Taylor, Aaron Drinan, Daire O’Riordan and Ross Welch all scored in the 5-0 win. However that didn’t really reflect the game, as Cork were only 1-0 up with nine minutes to go.

Wexford’s Thomas O’Connor said, “We did well today for the majority of the game, much improved ‪from Tuesday‬. Cork scored from a free kick which was brilliantly saved by Jason McGuire but Cork reacted quickly to score from the rebound.”

“The game seemed even enough we had some half chances to get the leveller but just didn’t seem to have the rub of the green on the day.”

“The last 9 minuets of the game is something I’ve never witnessed before. We conceded 4 in this period, it’s hard to be critical of the lads they worked very hard today and tried to push on to get a leveller. But we were punished in the last 9 minutes.”

“Cork I have to say are the best team we have played this year by some distance, I wish them all the best for the rest of season and I’m happy we don’t have to play them again this year.”

UCD remain just a point off Cobh after a 1-1 draw with Waterford.

Waterford’s U-19’s

UCD’s Maciej Tarnogrodzki said, “A draw for sure is not a satisfying result especially playing at home but matches like this happens sometimes.”

“Waterford came to the Bowl with a defensive plan, sitting deep and defending very compact with us having a majority of possession throughout the game.”

“In this type of game you need to take your chances so that the opposition will open up and then the result could be bigger but unfortunately for us that didn’t happen on the day.”

“In the 1st half I thought we didn’t create enough but we were still able to get behind Waterford’s defensive line 2 or 3 times but couldn’t finish those chances.”

“Very disappointed with the goal we conceded because Waterford got into our box only a couple of times but from those attempts scored a goal and had another good chance that Finn McGowan saved.”

“We were a goal down and Waterford had resorted to defending in the 2nd half. I think after a break we were better and scored a goal after very good link up play finished by Neil Farrugia from a Conor Crowley assist. It was still very early in the 2nd half with over 30 mins remaining.”

“After the equaliser we created enough clear cut chances to win the match but unfortunately it was one of those days where we couldn’t find a back of the net.”

“Overall a disappointing result but some positives as well as we came back from behind and were patience enough in the 2nd half to create these goalscoring opportunities through some very good passing.”

“I think on another day we would convert more of these chances into goals but it didn’t happen on Saturday.”

“Credit has to be given to Waterford, as they came to get something out of the game and they did get a point through hard work, good defending and their destructive abilities.”

“We need to correct a couple of things this week and prepare for our next game in Limerick.”

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