Bowen Is Pleased With Lakewood’s Start In The MSLby Cork Sports News September 20, 2019
Lakewood face a stern test of their credentials tonight when they travel to play Rockmount in the quarter-final of the Keane Cup.
Manager, Conor Bowen is relishing the game tonight and pitting their wits against one of the top sides.
“Yes, tonight is a massive test for us.
“Rockmount have a strong history in Cork football and have been a top side in the Munster Senior League for many years.
“Having said that, we have prepared well for tomorrow night and will look to play our part in making it a good game.
“Yes absolutely, these are the games we have looked forward to.
“Testing ourselves against some of the best teams in Cork is exactly why we made the move back to the MSL,” said Conor.
Lakewood moved from the Cork AUL to the MSL and Bowen is happy with how they have adapted.
“I am very pleased with the start we have made to life back in the MSL.
“The squad has worked very hard in pre season to get themselves ready and overall we have been happy with how the season has started.
“As a group we know there is a very long season ahead between the league and various cup competitions, so we are just looking to take it one game at a time, starting with Rockmount tomorrow night,” commented Conor.
Lakewood are a club making huge progress and we asked Conor about his own link with the club and how it has transformed in recent times.
“I have been part of the club since I was 9/10 years old and played all of my underage football with Lakewood.
“I left for five years to play and then coach in UCC.
“Last year, I came back to take over the men’s first team in Lakewood and as a squad, we started to put in place the structures and plans necessary to make the move to the MSL.
“While the club has transformed immensely over the past number of years, there are a number of things that have always been a huge part of the clubs identity.
“The players that are produced and nurtured at the club have always been of very high quality and some have gone on to play at a very high level.
“For example Tyreik Wright, who spent his underage developing at the club, has now signed for Premier League side Aston Villa and has impressed for the U17 and U19 Irish international sides.
“We ourselves have a squad packed with players who have played for the club since they were very young, showing the structures the the club has in place.
“Our facilities have improved over the past number of years, most notably, the fantastic new 4G all weather pitch that opened last year.
“These facilities have been a big help in allowing the club to grow and develop.
“The most important part of our club by far is the people involved in it.
“The unending dedication of all players, coaches, and staff is essential for our club to be as successful as it is.
“Without the support and hard work of the clubs long serving members, both past and present, the club would not be where it is today,” concluded Conor.
Lakewood manager, Conor Bowen spoke to Paul Hogan for Cork Sports News.