Cork City's four underage teams have started the new season in top form

Cork City's four underage teams have started the new season in top form
Cork City's Ricardo Dinanga is still available for the club's U19 squad, who face Cobh Ramblers this weekend. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

CORK CITY'S U19s will look to build on their good start in group 2 of the national U19 League as they welcome Cobh Ramblers for a local derby at Bishopstown tomorrow (2pm).

Last Sunday, Colin Healy’s side enjoyed a 4-0 victory as they began their campaign away to Kerry. Cian Murphy showed the benefits of the experience he had gained with the senior squad as he scored a hat-trick while Ricardo Dinanga, who scored after coming on for Neale Fenn’s team against Longford Town and Sligo Rovers, also found the net. 

The strong City team featured Adam Cantwell in goal, with Issa Kargbo, captain Jake O’Brien, Eddie McCarthy, Robert Walsh, Evison Shllaku-Rramani, Seán Kennedy, Luke Desmond and Jordan Waters also featuring along with the goalscorers.

Uniss Kargbo, who has also played for the first-team recently, is still underage and only missed out due to injury. If City are to make an impact in the competition, a strong squad will be a necessity and Callum Finnegan, James O’Leary, Oran Crowe, Matthew O’Reilly, Seán McGrath, Josh Quinlivan and Kyle Cuddy are also likely to be called upon.

The U17 squad, led by Robbie O’Sullivan, already have two games under their belt, wins over Kerry (2-0) and then Cobh Ramblers (4-2) and they will look to make it three in a row tomorrow against Limerick (3pm).

Ramon Gaspar and Bradley Walsh put City into a 2-0 lead away to Cobh last week and, while Ramblers drew level, City replied with two goals from Oran Crowe to ensure that they took the points. As well as the goalscorers, the team included Darragh Burke, Alex Healy-Byrne, John O’Donovan, Seán Cummins, Jack Anthony, Donnchadh O’Doherty, Leon Hennessy and Zachary Dunne. Limerick lost to Cobh in their first outing but beat Kerry 3-0 last week.

David Moore’s U15 team have also enjoyed a superb start to their campaign, recording 5-1 wins against Kerry and Cobh Ramblers.

The Cobh game was last Monday night, with Franco Umeh, Mark O’Mahony, Josh Fitzpatrick, Cian Carmody all scoring – the final goal saw Fitzpatrick get his second after Arran O’Mahony’s free kick hit the crossbar. In addition to those players, the starting 11 featured Robert Barry, Noah Sowinski, Seán O’Callaghan, Cathal Heffernan, Éanna Fitzgerald, Liam Murray and Charlie O’Brien.

City’s U13 team, managed by Greg Yelverton, are away to Klub Kildare following a 3-1 win over Kerry last week.

Cathal O’Sullivan, Matthew Moore and Denzell Obenge found the net for City, whose team also included Denjoe O’Riordan, Timothy Bailey, Luke Downey, Jamie Kelly, Danny Miskella, Mikey Pedley, Seán Richmond, Jayden Adair-Bell and Finn Dalton.

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