FERMOY AFC are hoping for a big turnout at their Carrig Park home on Saturday as they welcome SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side St Patrick’s Athletic for a friendly (2pm).
Pat’s, including recently departed Cork City player Shane Griffin, have been engaging in pre-season preparations at Fota Island resort this week and a shared sponsor with Fermoy – McCarthy Insurances – has led to the friendly being arranged.
“That’s how it came about,” says Fermoy committee member Jim Corcoran.
“Charlie McCarthy and his son CJ McCarthy sponsor St Pat’s now and they mentioned it to Stephen O’Donnell and he went with it.
“They’re down in Fota this week and they played Cobh Ramblers earlier in the week.
“They have a strong panel, we got the list from them, they’re bringing down about 24 players.
"They’ve signed a few good players, I think Pat’s will be strong this season.
“We’ll have a mix of our senior and junior teams, we’ll give them all a run.
"It’s good for our lads to pit themselves against the likes of those fellas.”
In recent times, Fermoy have nurtured the O’Brien-Whitmarsh brothers.
Beineón is a part of the Cork City senior squad for 2020 while his younger brother Joe, who played U15 with City last year, gained international recognition.
Corcoran is hopeful that Saturday’s game can draw interest from the area to support the team currently fourth in Division 2 of the Munster Senior League.
Tickets are €5 for adults with U16s gaining free admittance.
“Hopefully, if we got a couple of hundred,” he says.
“It all depends on the day but the forecast is good enough so hopefully we’ll get a good turnout.”
Off the field, the club continues to look to make improvements where it can.
“We put in the all-weather pitch two years ago,” Corcoran says.
“That’s going very well, it’s not full-size but it’s not far off and it’s always in high demand.
“It’s a great asset to the club.
"There’s always something to be done.
"We’d like to thank McCarthy Insurance and the people of Fermoy for the great support they have given us over the years.”
On his day one of the best full backs in the First Division, Taylor will enter into his fourth campaign at Ramblers.
The 21 year old has made over 50 league appearances for Ramblers during his time at St Colman’s Park, playing his role as Cobh came 2nd in the First Division in 2017 and runners up in the EA Sports Cup in 2018, becoming a mainstay in the side under both Stuart Ashton and previously Stephen Henderson.
After spending a few campaigns with the Cork City FC U19s, Taylor joined Ramblers initially in July of 2017.