Roche: Full Confidence In Our Squadby Cork Sports News September 20, 2019
Pearse Celtic will enjoy home advantage on Saturday afternoon as they welcome Glen Celtic in the quarter-final of the Mossie Linnane Cup.
Manager, Darren Roche spoke to Cork Sports News about his sides chances.
“We’re expecting a very tough competitive game against a fantastic Glen side with a lot of experienced players, we’re certainly looking forward to it, the squad is a bit tight at the moment with 3/4 players sidelined for a numbers of weeks and two lads on holidays.
“We’ve full confidence in the lads who are fit and their showing great commitment while numbers are that bit tight.
“I would say it’s been an ok start to the season, we topped the group in the Mossie Linnane which has given us a home draw for the quarter-final, next up after that Mossie Linnane group was finished, was a first round tie away to Waterloo which we lost on penalties, a game which Waterloo deserved to win.
“Going out in the first round of the AOH Cup was a setback to us but the lads bounced backed well in our league opener away to St John Boscos winning 3-1 on the day.
“Our aim for the season is just to be involved in around February and March and see how we fair out from there.
“There are fantastic teams in the AUL Premier this year so we expect it to be very competitive all year round,” said Darren.
Roche’s background with Pearse Celtic is extensive as a player and now manager of the first team.
“I’ve played with Pearse for over 10 years, we’ve won a few league and cups in Divisions 1,2, and 3.
“I took over our B team two years ago in the first division along with Denis Murphy Shane Carroll and Eric Pender.
“We had a fantastic first year wining the league and St Micheals Cup.
“The season after we took over the premier side which was a big change for us all, we finished 4th in the league, managed to make the quarter-final of the Munster Junior Cup and had disappointing cup exits locally.
“However, we gained huge experience in managing our first year at premier level.
“The club is progressing well, last year we were named inclusive club of the year by the Cork Schoolboys League in which our football for all team were presented with on the night.
“Something we are very proud of in our club. myself and Aidan Herlihy (academy coordinator) is overseeing our academy which over 100 kids take part in every week plus our schoolboys team also.
“A lot of work is been put in to develop our under age players which hopefully we can see them playing in Cork squads and hopefully even further.
“Moving our academy (Under 5s-11s) to Independent Park on Monday from 6pm-7pm has attracted big interest which luckily for us numbers have increased.
“It’s quite a busy time in our club but it’s a time we’re certainly enjoying,” concluded Darren.