Matthews: We Haven’t Got The Results Our Performances Deservedby Cork Sports News May 19, 2019
Cathedral Celtic have had a tough campaign resulting in a battle against the drop but have finished the season well enough to earn a trip to Turners Cross and a Corinthians Cup Final in Turner’s Cross against Carrigtwohill Utd B.
Chris Matthews has been a loyal servant to Cathedral and is back with the club for a second spell and here he speaks to Cork Sports News about the season.
“In the league we have had a difficult time of it after narrowly missing out on winning it last year.
“We lost big players like Bernie Cronin, Lar Betts and Liam Eager but added a few new faces so we were confident heading into the campaign but for some reason we just haven’t found the form of last year, leaking silly goals and probably missing one too many chances in games.
“We definitely haven’t always got the results our performances deserved.
“Even in our three games against champions, Glen Celtic, we came away disappointed at not getting a result because we gave them three good games.
“They are deserving winners of the league this year.
“We have found form in the cup competitions and have a cup final to look forward to.
“Earlier in the campaign we had wins agains clubs in higher divisions Kanturk, Carrigtwohill and Rylane so real contrasting form in the cups from our league campaign.
“That said, we will look to add some new faces in the summer and push on again next year,” said Chris.
Matthews is enjoying playing with Cathedral and he made a swift return when asked to rejoin after a stint managing in the CBSL.
“Personally, this is my second season back at Cathedral having taken an opportunity to manage Abtran in the CBSL for two years having previously played for five years with Cathedral in my first spell.
“The lure of the club was too strong and when the gaffer, Mark Forde asked me to rejoin the squad I didn’t take too much convincing.
“A big reason was the progress made at the club in my two years away, I previously played under Pat Callaghan, a great manager and a great man who achieved a lot with the club and is a man I hold in very high regard.
“In my time away, Pat stepped down and Mark Forde came in, added some real quality to the squad and has brought the club on another level challenging for leagues and cups.
“With Brian Kenny and Jonathan Nolan one of the club founders as first team coaches we have a quality management team in place and the passion for the club oozes out of the three lads.
It’s people like them and committee members like James Lahive, Ricky Dineen and Mary McInerney doing trojan work in the background that make this club special.
“There is great camaraderie in the dressing room and we have too many outstanding players to mention but I have to give Brian Montgomery a mention for recently scoring his 200th goal for the club recently.
“Monty’s record is something else and he is still despite pushing on a bit now one of the best strikers in any division in the AUL
“Personally, I was desperate to get to Turner’s Cross this year as I missed the final last year due to a poorly timed holiday so I’m really looking forward to that on June 6,” concluded Chris.