Former City dynamo Ogbene loving life in Limerick after striking cup goal in Cobh

Former City dynamo Ogbene loving life in Limerick after striking cup goal in Cobh
Cobh Ramblers' John Kavanagh tackles Limerick's Chiedozie Ogbene, during their FAI Cup first round clash, at St Colman's Park. Picture: David Keane.

LIMERICK striker Chiedozie Ogbene, who won an FAI Cup medal with Cork City when they snatched a dramatic late winner against Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium last November, is now enjoying life at Limerick.

He scored against Cobh Ramblers in the same cup competition on Saturday night for his new club Limerick.

"It was great to score with my family here," Ogbene said. "They have been so helpful to me, as initially moving from Cork City was not easy and they were so supportive.

"I needed more game time which I am getting here at Limerick.

"It was great to win tonight, as we have not been getting the results, so to keep a clean sheet and score three goals is great and hopefully, this result is a positive boost and we can carry on from here,"said the flying winger, who was happy with his sixth goal of the season, following on five important league goals for Neil McDonald's side.

"It was a fine cross from Barry Cotter and I anticipated it. He had put in an earlier delivery and I was not there, so this time I gambled on it and I was lucky to be in the right place and it was great to get a goal here, because as a winger or striker it is always nice to score goals.

"That strike made the score (3-0) and it took the pressure off the defence as it helped us control the game so I am happy," added the former Nemo Rangers underage GAA player. He last year came on as a substitute in attack like Mark O'Sullivan, to help City win the FAI Cup with Sean Maguire's last minute dramatic winning goal.

Ironically, all of the three attackers are no longer at Turner's Cross as they are all enjoying pastures new, like Ogbene and a new life on Shannonside.

"It's great and I am enjoying it.

"Obviously, my ambition is to get to the next level.

"Limerick gave me the opportunity to play week in week out and in training to improve as much as I can, I am developing mentally and physically and obviously across channel you have to be strong so they are preparing me for that.

"I am grateful for that and my game has improved massively since I joined," added the pacy attacker, who has obviously got a lot stronger in the last year or so.

"Obviously, Joe Gamble here at Limerick has very explosive training and he has worked big time with me on my physique and he is great to work with and I am grateful for that.

"Since I came here and playing every week and I am improving weaknesses in training and match days so all the experience is helping me.

"Thanks to Limerick and hopefully, I can continue to improve and become a better player," added the likable young Cork man, before he linked up with his family at St Colman's Park on Saturday night.

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