CORK CITY interim manager John Cotter believes that Cian Bargary’s winning goal against UCD on Monday night is proof of the fruitful source the club’s academy has become.
Tipperary native Bargary, who is still U19, scored the only goal on his league debut to give City the win on Monday, moving them up to sixth place in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table.
Darragh Crowley and Ben O’Brien-Whitmarsh are also part of the U19 set-up this year while Cian Murphy is another recent graduate, with all three featuring this spring.
Cotter is heartened by how they have done and expects them to play a greater role as the season goes on.
“It’s something I’d promote,” he said.
“Age wouldn’t be an issue with me.
“Once you’re good enough, you’re old enough, to be fair.
"Cian Murphy and Darragh Crowley have come in and had a good impact, Ben O’Brien-Whitmarsh is in training with us too.
“These lads have had good habits in training over the last few years anyway, so I’d have no issue throwing any of them in.”
Next up for City is another trip to Dublin as they travel to Tallaght Stadium to take on Shamrock Rovers on Friday night.
With three wins in four games since Cotter took over, he believes that confidence has returned to the team and he now wants to build on that.
“The first and foremost thing was getting confidence back,” he said.
“Results obviously helped that and I think it is back, to be fair.
"There’s a great atmosphere around, when the boys come in for training and coming home on the bus on Monday night.
“Slowly but surely, the confidence is back and I think now you can start demanding a bit more from the players in different ways and that’s what we’ll be looking to do going forward.”