O’Mahony: Games Like This Are Always Closeby Cork Sports News January 22, 2020
Castleview’s pursuit of Blarney Utd and Mayfield Utd begins tonight as they welcome neighbours Leeds to O’Sullivan Park.
Leeds require the points for different reasons which all points to this being one of the most significant games of the season in the First Division at both ends of the table.
Conor O’Mahony is part of a young Castleview squad trying to get the club back to the Premier League and he spoke about the importance of tonight’s game.
“Yeah, its a massive game tonight for us in terms of trying to get promoted.
“Leeds are always a good team and a northside derby is always played at good intensity which makes it very enjoyable.
“We have a lot of games in hand at the moment so tonight is the first step in winning those and getting the three points, it’s always a plus to be playing at home in these kind of games.
“We need to be picking up three points in the majority of the remaining games this season so hopefully that can start tonight against Leeds and we can set the tone for how we want to approach the second half of the season and set the standard we aim to maintain,” said Conor.
O’Mahony also highlighted the attributes that will win so a game tonight and he’s expecting to see all those from both teams.
“The points on offer are needed by both teams for different reasons but I think for derby games like this form doesnt always count for everything and I think approaching the game with the right attitude and mentality is always the most important thing.
“Preparing right for the game in the days leading up to it makes a huge difference to the performance on the pitch so its always important to be prepared.
“In terms of the game itself, it’s important to win your individual battles all over the pitch especially in midfield as this is often where games can be won and lost.
“Hard work and working for each other is something our manager, Martin Cambridge has repeated to us constantly in training and before matches in the past couple of years and it’s a very important part of our performances.
“Games like these are always close and always full of energy and excitement so we are all looking forward to it tonight,” commented O’Mahony.
Castleview is a club with facilities and personal on and off the pitch that would see them as a welcome adition to the top flight but it has to be earned and Conor believes even after tonight’s game there is still a long way to go.
“Well the season hasnt gone 100% to plan I think we would all agree, we’ve dropped some points along the way against teams that we should be beating if we had realistic hopes of being promoted or winning the league.
“Fortunately for us, this league seems to be always full of suprises and other teams such as Blarney and Mayfield have also dropped points along the way which means that everything is still to play for.
“We have a lot of games in hand to be played so the league table at the moment doesn’t look great but over the next couple of weeks we hope to be in the mix for the league and promotion especially with the top three still to play each other again.
“The team has a strong desire to win silverware and we have been very unlucky in recent years not to be promoted or to add a cup to the list of achievements this club has.
“The lads in the squad have been together for a long time and we’re all very close which makes a massive difference as we all want the same thing which is to play Premier League football.
Personally, I’m enjoying my time at this level, I know sometimes people think its a big commitment with training etc but the fact we’re all so close just makes training that bit more enjoyable and I always look forward to it.
“I hope to be back playing Premier League football next year with Castleview where we belong and competing for all trophies on offer,” concluded O’Mahony.
Castleview’s Conor O’Mahony spoke to Paul Hogan for Cork Sports News ahead of his sides game with Leeds tonight at O’Sullivan Park.