Rockmount defender Jason Sexton on the ups and downs of his sporting career

Rockmount defender Jason Sexton on the ups and downs of his sporting career
Jason Sexton, in Munster Senior League action with Rockmount against Cobh Wanderers. Picture: Larry Cummins

HE may have had a lot of success over the years at various levels and with various clubs, however last week’s Munster Senior cup win with Rockmount was his first winners medal with the Whitechurch club and just his second medal at senior level.

Jason Sexton has been a key player for Billy Cronin’s Rockmount side for the past two years as a centre-half, and last week’s victory was a memorable occasion for all involved.

The 31-year-old father of three started his playing career under the watchful eye of 'Mr Wilton', Pat Bowdren, and remained with the club for 13 years. Through his time there, he developed massively as a player, spending many of those years under Stephen Lynch. 

U13 Player of the Year Jason Sexton, from Wilton, with his parents Ann and John at the 2003 CSL awards. Picture: Howard Crowdy
U13 Player of the Year Jason Sexton, from Wilton, with his parents Ann and John at the 2003 CSL awards. Picture: Howard Crowdy

From there he went to Greenwood and won a Mossie Linane medal while juggling between an outfield player and goalkeeper. 

He then spent two years with Casement, with the highlight being reaching the quarter-final of the Intermediate Cup. His next move was to Everton under Tommy Corcoran where he won the MSL First Division. 

"Corcoran was mad as a hatter but a great manager." 

He enjoyed his time there and enjoyed playing in the company of who he believed to be the best player he played with, Lawrence Fitzpatrick.

When the opportunity arose to play for Rockmount, a club who have dominated in Cork for a long time, the Leeds fanatic from Deerpark made no hesitation and stated that the move has developed him hugely since joining the club.

“I'm going into my third year with Rockmount and winning my first trophy last week, the Munster senior cup was a memorable occasion.

“Hopefully there will be many more to come this season and beyond.

“Billy Cronin is a great manager and has plenty of trophies to back it up. He is very passionate about Rockmount and soccer in general and you can always see his passion during matches. 

"He seems like a mad man at times but he just always wants the best from his teams. Since I first talked to him I knew he would be a manager I would like to play under and I'm glad I have the opportunity now.

"I think he has improved me as a player and he is a great man-manager always taking fellas aside talking to them and making sure they know what is required. He doesn't accept anything less than 100% and wouldn't be afraid to let you know if he doesn't think you are giving your all. 

"I don't know what it is about Billy but he always seems to attract the top players to Rockmount and that’s a credit to him and the club and he is the reason Rockmount have had so much success. I think his drive and enthusiasm and just his love of soccer is what makes fellas want to play for him and be successful under him and keeps us motivated as a team.” 

 Support from his parents and his wife have always being a help to Sexton, a hospital porter in the CUH. Without it, having a young family, he would not have been able to commit to play at the level he is, and for this he is thankful.

“My parents would be the reason I staring playing sport always from a young age as they would take me to watch Cork City and I would love the excitement of that. 

"My mam played soccer for Mayfield and Cork Rangers and my parents have to be my biggest supporters and have always been the driving force behind me making sure I was always at training and matches no matter what. 

"My dad is still going to my matches to this day and very rarely misses one only for extreme circumstances. I’m always grateful for my parents' support but always that of my wife Maura who gives me the time to go train and play which isn't easy with a young family.” 

FAMILY TIES: Ann, John, Maura and Jason Sexton. Picture Gerard Bonus.
FAMILY TIES: Ann, John, Maura and Jason Sexton. Picture Gerard Bonus.

A former minor, U21 and intermediate county winner with the Barrs, sport has always played a major role in Sexton’s life. He also shone for the Blues in the 2009 senior clash with Clon.

Being part of a squad that has a great mixture of youth and experience this season, has revitalised Sexton and he now looks forward to another season ahead, which kicks off for them this Friday evening at home to Castleview in the first round of the Keane cup.

“The current squad is a great mixture of experience and youth. We have the more experienced fellas like Brendan O’Connell, Ken Hoey and Daniel Duggan who are good characters and leaders around the dressing room and always demanding the best from us. 

"Then younger fellas like Eoin Murphy, Dean Leahy and James O’Connell who add plenty of energy around the place. These added with some of U19s that have come up to play with us is great. Evan Galvin is also back with us and he is a fella who can change a game in the blink of an eye so that's always good to have.

“Last week was a great win for Rockmount it was probably one of the very few trophies that they hadn't won having lost four finals previously and to do it against Cork City makes the win sweeter it's always great to beat teams of a higher standard. 

"It was also nice to win the cup as Rockmount lost our chairman James Corcoran last year so it was a nice tribute to him because he was a very good friend of Billy and everyone involved in the club.

“The win is over now though and we’re ready for the season ahead. I always look forward to the start of the new season because preseason is finished thank God and it is time to start competitive matches again. 

"Our aim for the season ahead is to kick on from the win the other night and hopefully be challenging for trophies and with the squad and management team we have I have no doubt we will be.”

Ballincollig's Liam Jennings and St Finbarr's Jason Sexton in action in 2010. Picture: Des Barry
Ballincollig's Liam Jennings and St Finbarr's Jason Sexton in action in 2010. Picture: Des Barry

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