COBH WANDERERS have got to overcome the disappointment and heartbreak of a cruel FAI Intermediate Cup final defeat to Liffey Wanderers in a hurry as they face into a hectic schedule of fixtures kicking off against Midleton in the Beamish Cup tonight.
Michael Deasy’s side in their first ever Intermediate Cup decider at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday last lost out in a sudden death penalty shoot-out by 5-4 after the team were tried at 2-2 at the end of extra-time.
Cobh, in a chase for the MSL Premier Division title, have Midleton tonight in another knock-out competition before they complete their league campaign with big games against Douglas Hall, Avondale United and UCC.
“We have a very busy schedule of games coming up with a Beamish Cup semi-final at home against Midleton tonight and we have three league games to go, and if win all three, we will be league champions so we have an awful lot to play for yet this season.
“We have Douglas Hall on Thursday night in the league and then Avondale on Sunday morning and we finish up with a game against UCC on the either Wednesday or Thursday night week. It’s crazy catch up stuff but we will get on with it,” said Deasy who has led the club to two successive promotions.
“I don’t envisage any problems in getting the lads up for these games and we will give it our best shot as we always do. It was a great day out for everyone connected Cobh Wanderers at the Aviva Stadium over the weekend but we have got to pick ourselves up now and kick on for what’s left of our season,” added Deasy who won two Intermediate Cup medals himself as a centre-forward with Rockmount.
“I said after the game that football can be cruel at times and it certainly was to us on Saturday last in Dublin. It was one of those days but fair play to our fans and supporters I think they sucked that ball into the net twice for us at crucial times in the game and they were unbelievable.
“Three years ago, Cobh Wanderers didn’t have a senior team and here we are in the national stadium. It was disappointing to lose out in the final and the lads were understandably a bit down over the weekend but I think this will only whet the appetite for us to get back to the Aviva Stadium next year.
We will be back and I am convinced of that because of the quality and the character we have in this squad and we will have our day in the spotlight,” he told me.
“John Meade having to go off with a groin strain after just 20 minutes didn’t help us either though Eddie Nolan did very well in his place. John was struggling with the injury all week and he had physio every day in the lead up to the final.
I felt we were the better team on the day even though they led twice but the first goal was very much against the run of play. We were very unlucky to lose it and we all know that but then when it goes to penalties it just becomes a lottery in the end,” added Deasy who plans to get the best out of his players on the run in to the Munster Senior League season.
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