Stapleton: Fans Spurred Us On When It Got Toughby Cork Sports News February 20, 2017
He grabbed all the headlines and deservedly so after scoring a fantastic hat-trick last Saturday to put Cobh Wanderers into the semi-final of the FAI Intermediate Cup.
Ian Stapleton has always been a prolific scorer in the Munster Senior League and he showed his class in Dublin on the big stage but he was quick to deflect attention away from his goal scoring exploits and put the credit to his teammates.
“Yes, to beat the holders up there was unreal and the way we won it with nine men was hard but we never gave up.
“I’m happy with the three goals but when you play up top that’s your job to score so I’m very pleased that we just won the game, said Ian.
Two-one down at half-time and it needed a big team-talk from management and Ian believes all the right things were said at the break.
“We were told at half-time that we didn’t really start the way we should of and we got what we deserved going into the break.
“We knew that we could step it up a gear and we had the players to do it.
“Mickey Deasy is very passionate and he believes in us so we knew we had to do a lot more.
“Our plan was to go and win the game like any other match but we knew if you let teams like Crumlin play, they will hurt you but we have players that would be up for a battle so they weren’t going to have it easy.”
“For me, it’s up there with my best highlights but it doesn’t stop here, we have a long way to go before we can create history for this club, to score a hat-trick is always nice but in the manner in which the game went, it was even sweeter.
“We are in the semi-final now and we don’t fear anybody and a home draw would be nice but whoever we are up against it wont be easy with the teams that are left but they won’t want us either.”
There were plenty of Cobh Wanderers supporters that travelled and the significance of their support was not lost on the players last Saturday.
“There was more Cobh fans there than Crumlin and I would like to thank them for travelling up because they really spurred us on when it got tough with nine men.
“Hopefully the FAI take it easy on Conor and Kyle regarding their red cards because if we do get to the Aviva Stadium, we would want a full squad and hopefully lift the trophy and finish the job we started.”