Under 19 League Round-Up (Southern Elite Division)

UCD

UCD continue to dominate the Southern Elite Division of the Under 19 league and they beat Cabinteely 4-0 to move four points clear of Cobh Ramblers at the top of the table. Kevin Coffey scored twice along with goals from Yoyo Mahdy and Neil Farrugia.

UCD’s Maciej Tarnogrodzki told us he was very pleased afterwards, “Very good performance after a very tough last six days. Last Sunday we played a league game against Cork, followed by Wednesday’s Cup quarter-final also with Cork and then Cabo on Saturday. We rotated players as much as we could and I think we played well in all of these games.”

“Against Cabinteely we started very well with 3 quick goals within the first 13 minutes. I think we controlled the first half very well and created another couple of really good chances.”

First two goals of very high quality were scored by Kevin Coffey, who also scored a brace against Cork last Sunday. Yoyo Mahdy scored the third one with a very composed finish.”

“In the second half we made changes in our system of play but I felt we still controlled the majority of possession.”

“After around ten minutes Neil Farrugia scored a very good goal, heading into the net after a Conor Crowley free kick.”

“Yes, Neil played 45 mins the day before with the team but the next day we planned to play him only around 55-60 minutes and he was changed after less then 60 minutes.”

“The season is going well, all the games are very competitive and we need to work hard to keep our form and improve every day in training.”

Cabinteely’s John Paul Kelly said, “We started the game ok and created a great opening but didn’t score from it in the first 2 or 3 minutes of the game.”

“Some sloppy play and poor decision making really cost us for the next 15 minutes. Three goals in 12 minutes and the game is really over.”

“I thought that UCD played really well all over the pitch and they are the best team we have come up against so far. For us it’s about getting back to working hard and cutting out, and learning from our mistakes that we have made over the last two matches.”

A cracking goal from Scott McCarthy gave Cobh Ramblers a 1-0 win over Cork City
Cobh’s Declan Coleman told us, “Yeah it was a cracking goal alright. We’re really starting to think we might not able to score from close range!”

Scott McCarthy Cobh Ramblers
Cobh goalscorer Scott McCarthy

“It’s a really good win for us because it gives us a brilliant chance of guaranteed qualification to the playoffs in the next couple of games.”

“Of course it’s nice to get one over our rivals as well and have some of the bragging rights for a while.”

Watch Cobh captain Peter Callanan speak after the win;

“I thought we played well in the first half and also in the second half, but the second half was more of a solid defensive display rather than us dominating possession. It’s great to get a clean sheet as well so we’re delighted with that too.”

Check our Scott McCarthy’s cracking goal here;

Limerick moved into contention for one of those playoff spots after a 2-0 win over Bray Wanderers. Get Barry and Bradley McNamara were the scorers for the blues.

Limerick’s Tommy Barrett said, “Yeah it was a decent performance. Barry Cotter played for 45 minutes as planned and he came through it fine. It was good to have Ger Barry back too, after 6 weeks out and he scored a cracking goal cutting in from the left and curling to back post beyond the keeper.”

Bray were well drilled and difficult to break down. Adam Foley hit the post early on and Clyde O’Connell went close twice. The other goalscorer was substitute and U-17 player Bradley McNamara with a drilled shot to the roof of the net from 15 yards.”

“Good first start for Jason Cross who performed very well at centre back in place of captain Killian Brouder who was away with the first team along with Colm Walsh O’loughlin.”

Bray’s Marc Kenny said it was tough task for his side, “Three games in 7 days was a tough ask. Our first game against Waterford was a 90th equaliser for them, which was very hard to take after playing and dominating the game.”

“We went to Tallaght on Wednesday and played against a very experienced Rovers team and felt very unlucky not to get something from the game, but I couldn’t be happier with the teams application and desire to take info on board and team shape/plan was excellent again. We left Tallaght extremely happy.”

“Finally our defeat to Limerick was a mixture of tired/injured legs. We had a 16 year old in goals and three Under 17’s in the squad and can’t fault the boys on true hard work without really playing well, but could have definitely got something from the game.”

“A fantastic strike for their goal was unstoppable. A really enjoyable week and anyone that watched us in any of the 3 games couldn’t fault the staff or players for effort.”

“We have the total backing from the 1st team management in what we are doing and it’s not a results business, this league is all about improving players and helping them progress.”

Shamrock Rovers v Waterford FC
Action from Shamrock Rovers and Waterford

Shamrock Rovers were delt a blow to their playoff hope as they lost to Waterford in Roadstone. Two goals from Owen Wall plus one from Dara Keane, while Sean Boyd scored for Rovers.

Rovers boss Aidan Price was disappointed, “After the perfect start we gave away some poor goals on our part.”

“Disappointing after being on a good run but we will look to bounce back in our next fixture in 2 weeks. It allows us to work on a lot of the small things that cost us yesterday.”

Bottom club Wexford were surprise 2-0 winners over Galway United. Senior team player Danny Doyle with a brace for Wexford.

Danny Doyle Wexford FC
Danny Doyle

Galway United’s Nigel Keady said, “A disappointing result, but a good learning experience for the players.”

“We could, and should have scored a number of goals in each half, and gave up some chances in the 2nd half when chasing the game and relied on our goalkeeper to make a some smart saves.”

“However the players won’t dwell too long on it and know that on another day the missed chances would have gone in.

UCD AFC

Cobh Ramblers FC

Robert Goggins (Shamrock Rovers)

Wexford FC

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