Morrissey thrilled to be among the goals for Cork City

Morrissey thrilled to be among the goals for Cork City

Cork City’s Gearoid Morrissey celebrates after the Limerick win. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Noel Spillane

Soccer

CORK CITY'S livewire midfielder Gearoid Morrissey is delighted to be contributing to the team on the goals front.

The former Blackburn Rovers and Cambridge United man has hit the target in two recent games and he is focused on another from midfield against Derry City at Turner’s Cross tomorrow night (7.30)

“The season is going well for me and it’s good to get among the goals. A lot of the lads in midfield are chipping in with goals now and that makes a nice change.

There’s a good feeling in the camp and we all seem to be signing off the same hymn sheet. We have a collective mentality about us at the moment, it’s good to be a part of it and that’s probably why we are chasing an eighth successive win against Derry,” said Morrissey who is really enjoying his football.

“You have to play well to stay in the team and even if you are doing that you might play four or five games on the bounce and be rested for the next match. It’s a long season and it’s good for the manager to rotate the squad. We have lads coming off the bench now who are just as good as those in the team or even better in terms of quality.

“It’s a huge positive for us to be in such a healthy state and that competition for places is bringing out the best in everyone,” he added.

Morrissey is determined not to look too far ahead and his mantra is to take it game by game and not get too ahead of oneself.

“It’s the old cliche but we come in every morning and work hard on the training ground and we don’t go looking too far ahead.

"We take it game-by-game and that’s the secret. 

"We come in on a Monday and all we do is think about the game on the Friday night, but the fact that the end result of our week’s work is the three points, and it has been for seven weeks, for me that‘s the most pleasing thing.

“You know that the shift you are putting in Monday to Friday, you are getting the just rewards with the three points at the end of the week. 

"We have the momentum with us and we have that winning habit too,” he told me.

Morrissey is another player fully supportive of Seanie Maguire getting a call up to the Ireland squad.

“I’d be 100% behind a call up for Seanie and why not? 

"He’s red hot at the moment.

"I see Daryl (Horgan) and Andy (Boyle) going into the squad. 

"I don’t see a huge among in their game that has changed since they last played with Dundalk and first played with Preston.

"They are basically the same quality players and they will get better as it goes on but why can’t a League of Ireland player or two be drafted into the national squad.

“It is a massive step up and you have to be realistic about it. 

"You are not going to do it straight away but players in the domestic league should be given the chance and the time to adapt.

"I think Seanie (Maguire) could play for Ireland one day because he’s got all the attributes to be an international footballer. 

"He’s only 22 but I know that he’s going to do unbelievable things in his career,” said Morrissey when he met the media at Bishopstown.

“The spread of goal-scorers we have now makes it difficult for the opposition to know just where the goals are going to come from and, apart from Seanie, we are all pitching in with goals.

We can’t be relying on one player all the time, but we are scoring from around the park, and that’s something we always look to do.

“Nine straight wins is the club record and we have seven going into tomorrow night’s match with Derry. 

"I think that’s for someone else to look at and everyone outside of the squad to look at. 

"We don’t look that far ahead and what we do as a group is very focussed. 

"If it happens, it happens but that’s for another day,” he concluded.

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