THREE Dohenys footballers recently played influential roles in helping the CIT senior football team capture the Trench Cup.
CIT defeated Mary I by 14 points which ensures they will be competing in the Sigerson Cup next season. Dohenys trio Sean Daly, Eoin Lavers and Mark Buckley all contributed immensely to help the Cork college footballers reign supreme.
Sean Daly, who has represented Cork at various underage levels was thrilled to play his part in their recent college victory. The talented full-back was delighted with the nature of their Trench Cup win.
“It was a great honour. There is no better feeling then winning in my opinion,” declared the ace defender.
The West Cork man is already looking forward to competing in the Sigerson Cup next season following an absence of one year.
“It will be great to have one last crack off the Sigerson Cup. I know we will be missing a few key players from this years team, but our panel is strong. I believe we will do well.”
Eoin Lavers underlined his growing reputation as one of the most exciting players in Cork football with a series of great displays throughout the Trench Cup. The Dohenys ace netted a great goal midway through the first half, following a scintillating solo run. The centre-back was delighted to help his side capture the Trench Cup.
“It was a great feeling. It was the first bit of silverware for CIT footballers in a long time. I don’t know where the goal came out of to be honest. I’m not really known for scoring points, let alone goals. Things just opened up nicely for me when I got the ball and I had to go for goal when it was only the keeper left to beat.”
Kilmacabea club man Damien Gore once again produced an outstanding display in the final. The Cork senior forward played an integral role in their latest success.
“Damien is a serious player. He has broken into the Cork senior team this year. He will only get better over the next few years.”
He was delighted to team up with both Sean and Mark in the recent Trench Cup success.
“It is always that bit more special when you have club-mates to experience these victories. Sean and Mark have been pivotal for us at club level for a number of years. Their talent shone through in the final. Mark is a very talented forward. Sean is one of our better man-markers on the team.”
Long-serving coach Brian Herlihy further added to the Dohenys contingent with the recent CIT success. The experienced coach was a member of the CIT backroom staff.
“Brian has great experience of the game and has been involved with CIT for a long time. He understands the game very well.”
Next up is the club campaign, whenever it starts.
“We have a very young team, but some very good players throughout the panel. We’re down in the ‘Senior B’ championship this year, which is only fair given our results over the last few years.
"Personally I prefer that we’re down there, as it gives us a chance to build something over the next few years. Hopefully we will be contesting for a championship title in the very near future.”
Classy centre-forward Mark Buckley who recorded three points in the Trench Cup final was delighted to play his part.
“All the hard work since losing to Dundalk in the league semi-final paid off thankfully. It is vital CIT are back playing Sigerson Cup football.”
“Hopefully we can make an impact in the senior football championship this year.”