Castlehaven‘s new boss is banking on the mix of young guns and veterans

Castlehaven‘s new boss is banking on the mix of young guns and veterans

Castlehaven’s Shane Nolan is tackled by CIT’s Sean O’Sullivan and Adam Buckley during the Cork SFC at Newcestown. Picture: Eddie O’Hare

Derry Farr

Football

NEW to management, former player, Liam Collins, was pleased with how his younger players blended with the older ones in Castlehaven’s 1-14 to 0-12 SFC win over CIT, at Newcestown, on Monday.

When told that his team will now play the winners of the Carbery Rangers versus Ilen Rovers game, the fledgling manager said: “To be honest, we were just concentrating on today’s game and we will let that victory sink in, before we worry about the next day.

“We’ll let the lads enjoy themselves tonight, but, for our U21 players, there’s a Carbery U21 A FC semi-final coming up next weekend, so they will be minding themselves for what will be a difficult assignment against Newcestown,” Collins said.

“Today, we were missing four or five regulars, but their replacements stepped up to the mark. We started the game against CIT with five of the team, and both subs, all under 21, so it took us a while to get the mix right, even though I thought we created a few opportunities, before we got into our stride.

“However, we also kicked a few shots into the keeper’s hands and all that will have to be looked at, with the aim of improving matters before our next game.

“Also, I hope that we will get some of the injured boys back to full fitness and, on that note, Mark Collins, who has played only a few games with us, was carrying a knee injury, which, thankfully, didn’t hamper him today,” said the manager.

“It’s vital that, when you are trying to blood new players, that the older ones are there to help them along and, on this note, the experienced Brian Hurley is a big loss, but he will be out for the rest of the year, unfortunately.

“Hopefully, he will continue to inspire his colleagues, as he is Castlehaven through and through. We changed around some of our players in today’s game against the students, as we needed to bring out some of our speedy players and, with the way the game is now being played, everyone must be adaptable.

“I was very pleased with the way in which we met the challenge, after retiring four points adrift, and the positive way they responded to this particular test was another plus.

“Knowing that you have players that will give everything to the cause makes any manager’s job that little bit easier, so, taking everything into consideration, I am delighted with our victory today,” Collins said.

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