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Derek Still Believes Wanderers Can Gain Promotion

by February 12, 2020

City Wanderers made a big impact last season in the AUL and they have continued where they left off lying third in Premier A and are quarter-finalists in the AOH Cup, a competition they lost on penalties last season to Village Utd.

A repeat of last season or better is on the cards but club captain, Derek Peyton is taking nothing for granted.

“Quietly confident but certainly not over confident.

“We’ve had a huge amount of personnel changes in the team from last year and it’s taken a while to settle down, with the first 11 changing regularly.

“We have a settled squad now and with a couple of good wins recently, I think we’ve found a bit of our old form.

“It’s all about what happens on the day though, which team shows up, which team wants it more and which team gets the rub of the green.

“We scored a last minute winner recently so hopefully that’s a good omen,” said Derek.

Turning to the league and City Wanderer’s chances of going the extra step and gaining promotion to the Premier League.

“I think the Glen are probably a little out of reach but second place is still up for grabs.

“We can’t afford to drop many more points for that to happen though and we know that.

“We’ve had a mixed bag this year so far which is to be expected maybe with it being our first ever season in Premier A with the high numbers of player arrivals and departures,” commented Peyton.

The club is approaching 20 years and Derek describes the rollercoaster the club have endured to get here with many highs and lows.

“City Wanderers was formed back in 2001, so we’re fast approaching our 20th anniversary.

“We never really had a base (hence the name) but more recently we would definitely consider CIT our home.

“We were bouncing around division 3 and 2 for a long while, probably playing at a mediocre level ourselves and had only a cup win (albeit a memorable one) in the Saxone Cup to show for our efforts.

“We changed things up, moved to Friday night football in CIT and things changed for the better.

“Consecutive promotions and trips to Turner’s Cross followed.

“We have had five cup finals in total in the past few years winning two and losing three including last years AOH Cup.

“We brought in Kevin O’Sullivan and Pat Hennessy this year to assist our manager Noel Kennedy and I think this has given us a lift too.

“I guess that AOH Cup final was the pinnacle so far for us, it showed us how far we had come over the past few years in particular.

“To lose the way we did in sudden death was heart breaking but it did give us a taste of what we could achieve and definitely put the AOH Cup up there as the main target this season.

“Getting a run in the AOH Cup also gives us confidence we can be competitive in this division for the rest of the season,” concluded Derek.

City Wanderers captain, Derek Peyton was speaking to Paul Hogan for Cork Sports News.