Corcoran Has Massive Respect For Knocknaheeny Celticby Cork Sports News January 18, 2020
Glen Celtic are flying high in AUL Premier A and there doesn’t seem to be a week goes by without John Corcoran finding the back of the net.
Tomorrow morning he and his team-mates face the ultimate test against Premier League leaders, Knocknaheeny Celtic on their own patch.
“Yes, it’s a massive game for the club as we look to reach a premier cup final for the first time and a first Mossie Linnane Cup final, we know the threat Knocknaheeny Celtic bring and we respect them massively as a club and a football side as they’ve done tremendous work and have had great success in recent years.
“I think the people who attend tommorow’s game are in for a fantastic flowing game of football, after all it’s a northside derby between two clubs that are almost a carbon copy of each other in terms of the communities we come from coupled with the work both clubs are doing and the style of play and the hunger from both sides can’t be matched by anybody in the Cork AUL and I really think that’s the strong point of both sets of players,” said John.
Football has been good to John and he has picked up several accolades along the way but it appears that he is at his happiest now and that’s an onimous sign for all clubs in the AUL.
“I am enjoying my football and I love scoring goals, I always have since I first donned a pair of boots, it’s all about enjoying your football and I had very successful spells with Coachford winning a Premier League title in 2015 and winning an AOH Cup with Blarney Street in 2016 after we had won a treble with Glen Celtic under my father’s management in 2014 but things didn’t feel the same as in 2014 with Glen Celtic, I think playing with my family, brothers, cousins and mates is huge in terms of enjoyment not to mention the quality of player we have that provide great service week in, week out but a big factor to my form since beginning of last season has to be my partner at the top of the pitch, Gary Nolan.
“He’s a player of immense ability and has the sharpest eye for goal in around the box of anyone I’ve played with, maybe, Alan Jeffers could run him close but Gary is a different animal, he creates so much space and occupies two or three defenders at one time, he’s a joy to play with, he frees space up for me to play in the number 10 and get involved with the link up play and create chances for him also and so far it’s worked a treat and long may it continue we hope,
“And on promotion, it’s the aim every July at pre season, the cups are a great distraction and I personally love cup football but getting into the Premier League is the aim, it’s where our club belongs so hopefully our league form can continue because there are some good sides in our section including AOH Cup holders and beaten finalists, Village United and City Wanderers along with a very young ambitious Temple United side that can beat anyone on there day,” commented Corcoran.
Glen Celtic had a dramatic fall from grace after a fantastic spell in the AUL and John is confident that the club can now establish themselves as a top club for many years to come.
“I talked about it earlier, we had a fantastic squad in 2014, we were arguably the best team in the AUL that year and we were a division one team, the following year, the Glen won Premier A and it was the fall the year after due to a number of reasons.
“However, that’s all in the past, we got the club back up and running last season and tremendous work has gone in since and I think it’s safe to say the club is in the best place it’s ever been in all aspects on and off the pitch and from day one the aim has been to become the top force in Cork junior football.
“We belive we are well on our way to that goal and massive credit has to go to everyone involved from my father Paulie Corcoran, Derek Mellerick and Mick Lynam and all the players and committee members last year to everyone involved this year.
“Under the management of Derek and Mick Lynam this year, the lads are keeping us grounded and guiding us in the right direction and they are two men of great experience,” concluded John.
Glen Celtic’s, John Corcoran was in conversation with Paul Hogan for Cork Sports News.