Fermoy prodigy is chasing dream after signing for his contract with Cork City

Fermoy prodigy is chasing dream after signing for his contract with Cork City
Cork City’s Beineon O'Brien Whitmarsh and Brian Lynch bursting through the Bray defence. Picture: Dan Linehan

ENERGY and hunger are what Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh believes the young players at Cork City will bring to the senior squad next year.

The 19-year-old from Fermoy recently signed his first professional contract for Cork City and he is looking forward to the 2020 season where he hopes he can make a massive impact.

“My aim for the season at Cork City is to play as many games as I possibly can and to score and create goals for the team,” said Beineon.

“I am working hard to get myself fitter and stronger for the coming season so hopefully that will prepare me to get through the season injury free and healthy.

“Signing my first professional contract with Cork City meant a lot to both myself and my family. All I’ve ever wanted to do since I can remember is to be a professional footballer and I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the help of my family.

“My dad, who is the biggest influence of my carer, would have been the person who had always believed in me and always pushed me to be my best, so he was delighted to see me signing that contract. My mam, brothers, aunts, uncles and grandparents also played a big part in supporting me through my career so far. Hopefully this is just the start for me as I intend to really push on and hopefully make it to play overseas.”

Beineon has shown huge potential from a very early age. He started out with Fermoy at the age of five and spent nine years there before he moved to College Corrinthians. He spent two years at the Douglas club under Paul Kelleher in which he thoroughly enjoyed before eventually signing for Cork City in 2016.

Although he was with Cobh Ramblers for a year he found himself back at Cork City again in 2018 and is loving life there since.

The striker tells us about his experience along the way, his success and how he reached the level he now finds himself at.

“I played for the Cork Schoolboys League U12-U16 and won three Munster titles and one All-Ireland and went to the Kennedy Cup.”

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

He showed his class in that prestigious competition when scoring eight goals.

“I represented Ireland at the Hibernia Cup in 2014 also. I won the Cork Schoolboys Player of the Year U15 and U16, winning overall Schoolboys Player at U16 also.”

There were plenty of trophies: leagues with Corinthians U15 and U16, as well as the cup at that age, when he hit the net a staggering 51 times.

“I won overall Corinthians Schoolboy at my time there also so it was great.”

He’s pushed on again thanks to the elite coaching at Cork City.

“Since joining back to Cork City in July 2018 I’ve had a really good time here under Colin Healy, Richie Holland, David Moore and Colm Bermingham where we won the U19 Southern section. I had to work hard to get myself fit and it paid off this season where I scored 20 league goals and played a lot of games.”

He was in and around the first team under John Cotter.

“That was an incredible opportunity. Then towards the end of the season Neale Fenn put me in to play the final three games of the season and I felt like I was well capable for that level so hopefully there’s more to come next season.

“My main attributes as a player would be my quality in the final third of the pitch, finishing, my hold up play and pace. I still have a lot to learn in the game but I’m trying to improve on my strengths and my weaknesses all the time.”

He hails Colin Healy as a huge influence.

“My time with Colin Healy has definitely improved me as a player, both technically and physically. We had very intense training sessions with the U19s this season and this definitely helped my progression as a player. Getting first team opportunities with Cobh Ramblers when I was only 17 also gave me a great experience of men’s football so I’m also grateful for that opportunity as it helped with my development also.”

Cork City look to be going with a youth policy for 2020, in line with budget restrictions but also to tap into the potential in the underage set-up.

“There has been a good bit of movement during the transfer window with people coming and going at the club so I’m looking forward to getting back into it and seeing some fresh faces. I feel like I was able to make an impact when I got my first team opportunities last season so hopefully I will have a strong impact again next season by scoring goals and also working hard for the team. I feel there is plenty opportunity for myself and other young players at this club at the moment so that’s brilliant for us and for the academy players to see.

“I feel like although there is a lot of young players in this squad, we will have lots of energy and hunger to do well for the club this season. Us young players are seeing this coming season as a huge opportunity to make an impression and to show the league that young players are more than capable to compete with the more experienced players in the league, which I think our group will definitely be doing next season.

“I feel like the team will be very competitive and energetic. We have a lot of young players with a few signed on from the U19s last season like myself and also Alec Byrne and Ronan Hurley.”

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