League title blow for Richmond but the Cork soccer club remain positive 

League title blow for Richmond but the Cork soccer club remain positive 
Action from Richmond FC and College Corinthians in an U18 League 1 clash earlier this season. Picture: Larry Cummins.

RICHMOND secretary Nick Smith admitted he was disappointed that the Cork Schoolboys League season was brought to a premature end due to the Coronavirus outbreak but he insisted the club completely understood the decision.

The news came as a particular blow to their U13 side, who looked certain to lift their league title having won all nine of their matches.

“It was disappointing that the season ended when it did but it's understandable,” said Smith.

“It's disappointing particularly for our U13 side were going unbeaten in their league, they were actually top having won every single game.

“But it was probably the right decision, in the end, to do it as we look to move into next season because otherwise, I think we would have just been playing catch up for the next two years or so.

“Hopefully, as long as we don't get another surge in the numbers from the virus, we can start the season again in September and just start again in general.

“It's disappointing for the season to end given all the work that has gone into it. It's a bump in the road but we just have to get on with it, take it one step at a time, and come back stronger when it is safe to do so.

“Our juniors as well were in the cup final and that was their first time making the final in about four or five years so that was a big thing as well.

“There is a lot of disappointment about that, our U17s were going well, they weren't going to win the league but they were getting some nice scalps in the cork youth leagues as well so it's a shame for the club as a whole.

“Our academy is well set up to recover but at the end of the day, football is only a game especially when there are people dying.” 

The Killeady-based outfit is confident of making a return to training in the coming months and they are working hard to improve their home pitches.

“Now that we have some sort of confirmation about that’s going to happen for next season and we have a timescale. 

"We would only just be finishing the season now in May and heading into our downtime. We will be looking to get all the lads back by the end of July-August for training and looking then to play competitive matches in September,” added their U13 and U14 manager.

“We are using this time off, we have put in a lot of work on out pitches in Killeady and looking to take a lease on the second pitch so there is still a lot of growth at the club so there is still exciting times ahead for us.”

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