Murphy Expects Stern Avondale Testby Cork Sports News November 16, 2018
Cobh Wanderers will look to retain the Keane Cup that they won emphatically last season with a 3-0 victory over Castleview when they take on premier league rivals, Avondale Utd at Turner’s Cross on Friday night.
A much sterner test is expected this time around but manager, Darren Murphy believes his player’s attitudes towards the game will stand them in good stead.
“The club have been very welcoming to me since I came in and I know a lot of the players so that made the transition a lot easier for me.
“There are some great players with excellent attitudes down there.
“My aim is to make each player a better footballer and if we are successful in terms of winning silverware then that will be a bonus,” said Murphy.
Cobh have been knocking on the door in recent seasons on all fronts and Darren feels that if they can put in the hard work on the training ground then it should have them competing for major honours again soon.
“I judge success on the individual performance in improved in the player from the training we do, training is where players will improve and become better footballers and in turn if you are willing to put in the hard work I think you will reap the rewards as an individual, a team and as a club combined,” said Darren who goes looking for his first trophy as manager/coach.
The opposition on Friday night is Avondale and they have been one of the most successful clubs of the modern era in Cork and nationally in the FAI intermediate Cup.
It’s an intriguing fixture with the first trophy of the season on offer which affords an early bonus in the season to the victors.
Darren expects some of the top players in Cork to put on a good spectacle for the supporters of both clubs.
“Cup finals are always going to be an unrelaxed zone for players until they cross the white line on the night and I will explain to the players that this is normal but to be fair a lot of my players have experience of this and so have Avondale.
“There will be some of Corks best footballers on show Friday night at Turner’s Cross and we will be expecting a really good Avondale side managed by an intelligent football manager in Ken Bruton to give us a serious test.”
Darren Murphy was speaking to Paul Hogan for Cork Sports News