AT 19 years of age, he has already achieved so much success, but for the Cloghroe man who has had spells with Strand, Wilton, Cork City and now UCC, Dylan Scott hopes to add more to his trophy cabinet in the coming weeks as his club UCC compete in two more cup finals.
The first year Arts student made the move to UCC from Cork City this year and what a move that has proven to be. Now a holder of a Collingwood and Munster Senior League medal, Scott looks back on a memorable year.
“This year has been an incredible year so far,“ said Scott.
“I joined UCC on a scholarship development programme this year and it has been great gelling with the senior lads. The senior lads helped me and other first years to settle into the squad and to be ready to compete in the Munster Senior League.
“Like all teams, we set out to win trophies at the start of the season, little did I know that the season would be as good as it is. Collingwood Cup Winners, Harding Cup finalists and only last week winning the Munster Senior League, and we are in both the O’Connell Cup final and Beamish Cup which are being played over the coming weeks, so a fantastic season but still a lot to focus on.
“To win the Collingwood cup as a fresher was unbelievable, particularly for the first time and at first involvement me. To be fair, we have a fantastic squad with some of the lads winning their third Collingwood this year.
“To get to the final we beat DCU 1-0, UCD 1-0 which was and unbelievable result considering most of their team was made up of League of Ireland players and we were down to 10 men for the last 40 minutes. We beat UL in the final 2-1 after extra time which was an incredible feeling.”
It was great to win the league last week to of course.
“To win it at a first attempt was really special, but again when you look at the squad and coaches we have it was one of the main reasons why we were successful in the league this year.
“The Munster senior league is extremely competitive and every team is capable of beating the other and this was reflected in some of the results this year. No team ever seems to run away with it in any year which shows you how competitive it really is.
“It was no different this year when again it went to the wire with three teams in with a shout on the final day and it was only when the final whistle went against Ringmahon that we could relax and feel we did it.”
Scott began soccer at the age of seven with Strand where he spent most of his underage football before moving to Wilton playing U15 and U16. Here he developed as a player playing premier football with and against some of the best players in the country.
From here he made the move to League of Ireland side Cork City where he spent over three years learning a lot from management such as Paul Bowdren and Colin Healy.
Making the move to UCC seemed like such a huge step up at first for Scott, however, he believes the competitiveness while at City certainly prepared him for the challenges of playing MSL.
“This was my first season at UCC and playing in the MSL and although it is a bit of a jump I believe the underage interleague was so competitive and with a strong depth of talent making the transition was not as challenging.
"Obviously, there is the physicality element but this is something that everyone adjusts to very quickly.
“We have a great team mentality who never stop believing. The blend of experience and talent throughout the squad was a key factor in our success to date. Also, the management who have seen it all, and done it all before, always believed in us.
“The management and backroom team bring a huge depth of knowledge to the table, and it’s great that we get to work under the guidance of such knowledgeable and experienced managers and coaches such as Noel Healy, Mick Conroy, Conor Uhl, strength and condition coach Dave O’Connell and Greg Yelverton.”
They all have a wealth of experience in local soccer.
“My aim now is to try and develop further as a player and give myself an opportunity to develop.”
Working with the management and squad Scott would love to emulate next season what they achieved this season.
“They have to be earned and there will be plenty of teams out there looking to stop us from achieving this, but this is what makes sport so special and this is what will make me work harder.”=