Tuesday, November 1, 2011

"A Surreal Experience" Steven Trimble's Column #3

Drogheda United goalkeeper Steven Trimble gives his views on the goings on at the Louth club as well as the League of Ireland in his third column for "The League of Ireland Interview Show" Blog.

Waking up Saturday morning was a bit of a surreal experience!

We'd beaten Pats in what had to be the best game of the season for us and finished the season on a high! That being the positive, the negative been as the season was over so was the income I received from football!

However I’m one of the lucky ones! I don’t solely rely on football as my main source of income. Unfortunately for some players in the league it’s back to the computer to print out more CVs and if that doesn’t work unfortunately the only option is the social welfare!

I don’t want it to come across as an "oh woe is me" attitude as I’m aware a lot of people out there are out of work and everyone is pulling the purse strings tighter. I’m just simply giving you a perspective from a footballer.

It’s a sad affair when our professionals of the top league in the country depend on the government for income during the close season. And as most contracts are a season to season basis all these players now have an anxious wait to see if they will be employed come February!

However there is a glimmer of hope when you’re out of contract as the PFAI hold training sessions with all out of contract pros that participate in a tournament in Norway which scouts and clubs alike go to view the talent on offer!

A noted major success from this was Daryl Kavanagh who had an excellent season at pats this year! So for me personally its back to full time employment whilst staying fit and waiting anxiously for that phonecall that will tell me where AND if I’ll be back playing in the league next year!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sean Dillon of Dundee United stops by

"Your senior career started in the LoI after coming home from Aston Villa. What was it like returning to Ireland and being so gracefully welcomed by fans and members of the staff at "The Town"?"

Obviously it wasn't a good feeling to be let go by Aston Villa, I loved my 3 years there & when I arrived for training with Longford I didn't know what to expect. I was so warmly welcomed by the fans & staff/volunteers at the club & players like Stephen O'Brien & Vinny Perth looked after me so well from the first moment I arrived so I felt very at home straight away & it made it easier to concentrate on my football from the word go!

"You had a seriously successful period there with trophies aplenty in the form of two FAI Cups and one League cup obviously you must have tho roughly enjoyed it there?"

My time at Longford was a brilliant time in my career but in my life too. Players I've played with & still keep in touch with. The league cup win was special as it was at Flancare & I scored against a Bohs team who were expected to beat us. The two FAI cup wins are two of the greatest days in my life, the togetherness of the team, staff, club, fans & people of the town is something I'll never forget. I had 4 great seasons & we had success that was not expected of a part time team. I owe a lot to Alan Mathews for the way he treated & looked after me during my time there & I've had some great coaches too, Aaron Callaghan bring the one I worked with most and he was a joy to work with.

"Then it was onto Shels where you got the opportunity to score in Europe as well as play in a very strong Shels team?"

My season at Shelbourne was amazing. Strange at times with non payments of wages & not knowing when you were going to get paid but it was a brilliant time. I was the youngest player in the team & was surrounded by fantastic players who were full of experience & helped me improve & made my job do easy! Pat Fenlon & Eamonn Collins were brilliant to work with & I learned so much in that one season. The league win was a special feeling after what we'd all been through & although I was only at the club for that one season, I'll always look forward to going back to Tolka Park

"After that it was next stop Tannadice where since 2007 you have made over a hundred appearances including a Cup Final win V Ross County?"

My move to Dundee United came about because Shelbourne could not pay our wages any longer & I had to move on as did the majority of the squad. I've loved it here since I've moved, my Fiancé Michelle moved with me & our son Shéa was born here so we've settled really well and I've enjoyed my football too. We've had some really good league finishes & the Scottish Cup win was massive for me & the club.

"You have scored three goals in the orange shirt. What does it feel like to score for United?"

Scoring for any team is always great but the most enjoyable one was a last minute equaliser at Celtic Park

If the opportunity arose would ever consider moving back to play in the LoI with the standard now continuously rising and now pretty much at SPL standard?"

I would never rule out playing in the LoI again but I'm happy here & would love to play at an even higher level if the chance ever came about. The league had a bit of a slump but I think it's definitely on the up, with Rovers doing so well in Europe.

"You played once for both the Irish u-21 and B teams what was the international set-up like?"

Playing international football is always great, I've been lucky to play at almost all age groups & the B cap was great. It's very similar to club football is on away trips etc but you know you're representing your country!

"Obviously as an ex-LoI fan your eyes were obviously glued to Shamrock Rovers euro success. Do you think this is the step the LoI really needed?

The Shamrock Rovers European run is super, it's super for the club & the league. I'm not sure if the league "needed" it but it certainly has helped the profile of the league & hopefully it'll get more people to stand up & take note of the improving standard & that might get more fans out supporting their local clubs.

"And finally what is your best memory as a footballer. On OR off the field?"

My best memories are my medal wins, League Cup, FAI cups, league & Scottish Cup. Special mention for the Semi final replay at United Park when I scored against Drogheda with 4 minutes to go in extra time to put us through, I always get a giggle when I think of that!

We would like to thank Sean for his comments and hope he does well in the rest of his season

Sunday, October 23, 2011

"All That's Left" Steven Trimble's Column

Drogheda United goalkeeper Steven Trimble gives his views on the goings on at the Louth club as well as the League of Ireland in his second column for "The League of Ireland Interview Show" Blog.

90 minutes of training and 90 minutes playing time is all that’s left for most LoI clubs around the country.

However if you’re one of the lucky clubs fighting for a play-off the next 90 will determine whether you look at your season as a success or as a failure.

However for us the season is basically over with a bitter loss to Dundalk in the final derby of the season. That win puts them ahead 2 - 1 (and 1 draw) on wins however our win last time in Oriel Park ended a 13 year wait for our fans! (Something we can smile about)
It would have been nice to finish the season with a win against our rivals but sometimes in football things don’t go to plan!

On a positive note we banished the demons from the bray game! Big lesson learned there. So second bottom is where we will finish?

Some will determine that as a failure, however ask any of our fans what they think and I can guarantee they will say it’s been a success! We retained our premier division status and with a team people were writing off 3 games in!!

I think we picked up our first point (a 1 all draw with Galway also my debut) 7 games in so after a very rocky start it was good to steady the ship.

We obtained our goal of staying up and with that positive hopefully we will go into our final home game against Pats looking to better earlier results against them! 11 goals conceded in 3 games is not a remarkable record and personally I don’t want to make it 12+ in 4 so a clean sheet and 3 points will do nicely!

By Steven Trimble

Sunday, October 9, 2011

"Both Entertaining and Satisfying" Steven Trimble's Column

Drogheda United goalkeeper Steven Trimble gives his views on the goings on at the Louth club as well as the League of Ireland in his brand new column for "The League of Ireland Interview Show" Blog.

As Irish internationals both in soccer and rugby took centre-stage we travelled to Galway for what should have been a crunch relegation game!!

As it turned out we were safe and Galway were in the dreaded play-off! We needed to put in a performance for our travelling fans after being comfortably beaten by both Sligo and Shamrock Rovers. And that we did! A great performance with a man down to win 2-1! The second goal a dubious Own-Goal which Davey "Scouse" Rogers was still claiming as his 3rd of the season as we got on the coach! However to Davey’s dismay it did go down as a Sean Kelly Own-Goal!! So just the 2 goals for "scouse" as of yet!

Let’s just say the long bus journey home was both entertaining and satisfying!

This being my first full season in the League of Ireland it’s hard to compare this season to anything else I’ve ever done! The one thing that has hit me most is the pride of the fans that travel to every corner of the country just to watch you play. To realize what the club and league means to all those fans is nothing short of amazing!

Nobody wants to be in the relegation battle for most of the season including me. However it’s given me all the chances and opportunities I needed and I wouldn’t change a thing, it’s been entertaining from start to finish! Bray are up next on Friday and hopefully another series of back-to-back wins is on the cards for us and a chance to continue to finish the season on a high!

By Steven Trimble

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Preview for the end of the season RTE TWOTUBE

Five games to go in the League of Ireland Premier Division and the question on everybody’s lips is ‘”Who will win 2011’s Airtricity League Premier Division?”
Sligo Rovers
Only the very brave, or confident, can venture an answer as all four teams, and even a strong fifth in Bohemians in the top half, are within touching distance of that elusive trophy currently residing in the trophy cabinet of Tallaght Stadium.

Article continued HERE

By Donagh Corby

Sunday, August 7, 2011

"MY INTERNATIONAL CAREER DOESN'T LAY WITH NORTHERN IRELAND" James McClean speaks about his International Career and his move to England

Here is my interview with James McClean from earlier today

It was recently announced you are to be joining EPL side Sunderland following a medical on Monday?

Aye. I am off over there tonight where I will have a medical tomorrow and all going to plan should be a Sunderland player by Tuesday

Sunderland has a strong history as a team to sign a lot of talent from our league and breed it into premiership quality stars

Aye they do and they have a few Irish lads in the squad and I am looking forward to joining such a big club and I hopefully can go on to establish myself there

Do you think this will also enhance your Northern Irish career also?

Obviously playing at level would help your international career but I’ve made a decision that my international career doesn’t lay with Northern Ireland

And why is that?

Just after having a long think about it I felt in my heart that it felt right for me to declare for the Republic as it’s something I’ve always grown up wanting to do and I appreciate the opportunity given to me by Nigel Worthington and Northern Ireland also

You played in the Super Cup how do you think tournaments like that show your talents to Premiership clubs?

It’s a great chance to show how you’re able to cope playing at that level and it gives you a great stage to show that

And having played at it you were very highly praised by many stars what do you think of that?

It’s obviously flattering to receive praise

And how have Derry fans reacted to the move?

Derry fans have been great since the moment I first came into the club and with this they have been no different they’re a great set of fans and it’s been a pleasure playing in front of them

Okay and finally you were rumoured to have been maybe going to Peterborough why didn't that go through?

Peterborough were a good club and I was impressed with them especially the manager Darren Ferguson, but it broke down over personal terms and that’s just football then this move came about so things have worked out for me and am happy

We would like to thank James and wish him the best over in England and hope to see him back as soon as possible with the Republic of Ireland team.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Airtricity League XI 0-5 Glasgow Celtic 2pm Sunday 31st July 2011

On a warm sultry July Sunday, Dublin was treated to an entertaining, pacy affair at Lansdowne Road. Damien Richardson rang the changes from the encouraging if ultimately disappointing Man City clash the previous day. The Sunday selection contained only Ger Doherty in goal from the Saturday, and took some time to settle. They enjoyed the lion’s share  of ball, and though McCourt and co. in the middle were prominent, the League side brought the game to the Celts early on. A left-field drive with the right boot from Daniel Kearns stretch Dom Cervi in the Scots’ goal.

It was always going to be a ding-dong in the middle of the pitch between former Derry and Shamrock Rovers superstar Pat McCourt and Northern Ireland-born Dundalk midfielder Daniel Kearns.

Ger Doherty was well-guarded in the early stages, forcing Celtic to shoot from deep, one long shot from Victor Wanyama well wide to Doherty’s left. Owen Heary and Aidan Price, Bohemians’ strongmen contained any threat from Hooper and Stokes, while Gareth McGlynn and Jason Byrne looked menacing up front. McGlynn took a knock to his right knee on 20 minutes, and the question was whose fitness would make the difference as the game progressed.

Filip Twardsik was tested regularly for the Hoops as Gareth McGlynn and Byrne tried to fashion chances from the excellent possession won by Kearns and Sligo’s Danny Ventre. Derry midfielder Daniel Lafferty and Dean Bennett hooked up well to make things hot for Adam Matthews and captain Daniel Majstorovic. Meanwhile Stokes was beginning to make a nuisance of himself for Ryan McBride, and after frantic defending by Aidan Price and Heaary, stokes brought a huge left-top-corner save from Doherty.

McGlynn made way for John Dillon after his knee injury was exacerbated in the 33rd minute. Set pieces proved a problem for both sides as play got sloppy in the second quarter. The Glasgow side struck in the 39th minute when Darryl Murphy beat McBride to pull back for Stokes to slot home from the penalty spot. A minute later Doherty was quick to snuff out a break from Hooper to save further heartache for the Irish outfit.

McCourt drew a free on the right-hand corner of the box after obstruction was given against Heary but Twardsik lifted the dead-ball over wall and crossbar. 1-0 to Scotland’s finest at the break.

Barry Murphy made his Aviva stadium debut at half-time coming on for the obviously tired Ger Doherty.

The Airtricity XI kicked off aiming for the goal Anthony Stokes scored into in the first-half. However Celtic looked more like scoring with consistent raids from Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes but no goals were actually scored.

The aggressiveness of Celtic really kicked in as Hooper floored Danny Ventre but the Airtricity XI could make nothing from the long ball played.

The Airtricity XI’s Daniel Lafferty forced a brilliant Cervi save and Daniel Kearns’ deflected rebound won the Select a corner but as the games have gone nothing was to come from it.

Barry Murphy was called into his first period of action after his Bohs team-mate missed out on a long ball as Hooper found himself with yards of space but Murphy spread himself well to protect his net.

Airtricity really made the ball work with Heary and Lafferty down the right but nothing came of it as Sligo’s creative mastermind John Russell replaced Dundalk player Dean Bennett.

Kris Commons took over from Richie Towell for the Bhoys on 58 as Celtic tried to assert their superiority.  Stokes came in with a searing run from the right, but Price was equal to it and the danger was averted once again. Irish international Darren O’Dea is showing increased maturity in the Celtic defense, typified by his coolness with his back to goal. The LoI boys were similarly assured as the Celtic frontline threatened, Heary having an immense captain’s performance and justifying his extra responsibility.

Kearns took a more central as the final quarter approached, proving something of a menace. Stephen McLaughlin came in to give Jason Byrne a break before a blatant handball by Ventre gave Daryl Murphy a penalty which he coolly slotted to Barry Murphy’s left sending him the wrong way. As the previous day, Celtic displayed a confidence similar to Manchester City’s and that was proving the key as the League XI failed to break them down. Sean Maloney was introduced for scorer Murphy on 70 minutes and was immediately in the action in midfield.

The LoI’s hottest prospect, gaining considerable interest from Wigan, James McLean, man-of-the-match from Saturday replaced Daniel Kearns, himself the League XI’s best performer on the day. Joe Gamble, quiet for much of this contest, tricked his way in along the bye-line from the left, but McLean was unable to capitalise on his low cross. Gamble took a chance from 25 yards a minute later, but pulled it well wide of the mark.

Good Celtic pressure started by Sean Maloney, laying it off to McCourt whose cross was controlled with balletic grace by Stokes and his shot across the box screamed just outside the right post of Barry Murphy.  Daryl Kavanagh got another chance to show his considerable skills when coming in for Danny Ventre with 10 minutes on the clock. A sweet through-ball from Commons to the frustrated Hooper saw him stroke a beauty right-to-left past the sprawling Murphy. He added his second, Celtic’s fourth, two minutes later from sustained pressure to add to the misery for this spirited League of Ireland side.

On the 87th minute, as he was announced Man of the Match, Anthony Stokes added his own little piece of brilliance with a shot over Murphy’s head that completed the rout. As always, greater fitness was what undid the League side, but this was not a 5-0 performance. They can hold their heads high. Let’s focus on Europe in the coming week.

Jerome & Donagh Corby.

Airtricity League XI 0-3 Manchester City 30-07-2011 2 PM

A typical cloudy but fresh July day in Dublin saw a typical pre-season tournament get underway with Damien Richardson’s charges taking on an ordinary Man City lineup at Lansdowne. The Aviva turf was looking good, and allowed the teams to spread the ball regularly.

Top-heavy with Derry City players, the LoI representatives acquitted themselves well first half, against a team that played possession football to begin with, without trying to test the opposition out too much.

Ger Doherty was rarely tested in goal with his own full-back line (except for Bohs’ Ger O’Brien) snuffing out the few chances Manchester City fashioned. Shaun Wright-Phillips did threaten in the early exchanges and pulled an excellent full-stretch save from Doherty after clearing a path past Stewart Greacen and Shane McEleney at the front of the box. Vladimir Weiss on the left flank showed creativity, but no real clear-cut chances materialised from it. Greacen, McEleney, Molloy and O’Brien looked more comfortable as the half wore on.

Up front, Daryl Kavanagh created a few decent efforts, but finishing was a problem. James McLean playing down the left troubled Frederic Veseli on occasions, and some deft touches from an in-form Eamon Zayed brought some few chances but without delivering results. Apart from a hopeful Ger O’Brien ballooned shot, the first half ended with both teams very evenly matched. The League side had good reason to look forward to the second half.

City upped the intensity in the first 5 minutes of the second half, but were well stewarded by the LoI defence. A nice through-ball to John Guidetti was skewed over the left-side of the crossbar. James McLean failed to make use of a well-weighted ball over the top before Wright-Phillips broke the deadlock in the 51st with a sweet left-footed ball along the turf to beat a sprawling Doherty from 6 metres.

A consistent spell of Manchester City pressure surely promised another goal but the Airtricity XI were the next team with a dangerous looking chance only for an on-rushing Eamon Zayed to be caught offside.

Manchester City were clearly on top as Shaun Wright Phillips was pushed out of the way by an aggressive Airtricity defence. The introduction of Joe Gamble on 55 minutes for Derry City star Ruadhrí Higgins was more than likely Richardson trying to empty the bench.

City struck again through English international Adam Johnson just before the hour mark after a sweet curl around on-rushing goalkeeper Ger Doherty in the Southern goal.

Substitute Gamble then spurned a glorious chance to put the League back in the game after a cross from Bohemians’ O’Brien landed perfectly at his feet but he couldn’t connect properly and the ball flew into the low North Stand. That pretty much summarised the Airtricity’s performance. Just about not good enough.

Infamous City player Vladimir Weiss won them a corner on 64 minutes but a poor delivery left the Airtricity select to clear easily. It was to be his last action in the game as Mancini took him off for Denis Suarez.

The Airtricity XI continued to press but could not produce results for their efforts. It even looked like City substitute Suarez could put the game out of reach on 66 but his chance was taken from him at the wave of the linesman’s offside flag.

On 69 minutes City made their second sub of the game Frederic Veseli coming off for Rekik.

72 minutes in it looked like McLean had scored for Airtricity but it wasn’t to be as Man city cleared for a corner which as per usual landed straight into Stuart Taylor’s safe hands.

Wright-Phillips put a 3rd into the net, but the offside flag ruled the goal out just before Daryl Kavanagh made way for Dean Bennett.

Good breaks were the name of the game for Manchester City but it seemed that the 3rd goal was proving elusive for the Premier League representatives in this tournament.

Wigan target McLean really made a nuisance of himself in the Man City half as he made some great chances as well as on 80 minutes scaring the City goalkeeper with a 20 yard shot that grazed the crossbar.

2 substitutions (1 on either side) then - firstly Scapuzzi coming on for scorer Wright-Phillips who immediately made the score 3-0 as well as Lafferty coming on for Northern Irish international James McLean.

Barry and Taylor left play for Roman and Johansen respectively as the Airtricity XI looked for some consolation in keeping the score at only 3-0. However Gamble looked like ruining that goal as his attempted Cruyff turn gave the ball to Razak and Limerick FC’s latest acquisition was left to thank his lucky stars that the score stayed at 3-0.

Aiden Price was brought on 91 minutes in for McEleney.

As the final whistle blew Airtricity XI were looking at this game as an improvement on the disastrous result from last year.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Paddy Madden Interview

Here is an exclusive interview with Ex-Bohs Hitman Paddy Madden

You recently won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, what was it like to win such a trophy and play at Wembley so soon into your English career?

Yeah it’s nice to have some silverware already to add to collection ha. I didn’t think 2 months into my move to Carlisle that I would get to play and win a trophy in Wembley, so it was a great feeling and something I would love to do again

What was the main factor in your move to Carlisle? How did they convince you to join the club?

There was a few teams interested but Carlisle stood out the most because they were offering me first team football, a platform for me to get a good name for myself in England, and that’s what I plan on doing, so its up to myself now.....

No goals yet but do you think they will come soon enough and then maybe you'll get a run going?

Yeah they will come, I haven’t made my first start yet, I have just been coming off the bench. The gaffer said he is gelling me into the team for next season so I’m happy with that, it’s the same thing that Pat did with me at Bohemians, and that went well so hopefully it works again 

Now let’s rewind back to your time at Bohemians, looking back what did you think of your time at Dalymount Park?

I loved my time at Bohemians, I have to thank them and Pat for giving me my chance to make a name for myself in Ireland. And also Shelbourne and Dermot Kealy they helped my progress in Airtricity League as well. Hopefully the league gets back the way it was a few years ago, there is great talent in the league and it is great league to play in

You mention Shelbourne do you think that without that valuable experience you still would have been as successful as you are now?

I haven’t really done anything yet, [Compared] to what I hope to do, but yes Shelbourne helped me and gave me my chance when I went out on loan from Bohemians. So who knows where I would be now if Shelbourne and Bohemians hadn’t of gave me my chance............

Before that you had played with WFTA what do you think of them?

WFTA is the best schoolboy club in Ireland but doesn’t get the credit it deserves, the facilities are excellent up there for the teams, and it is just a great team to play for I loved it there. I do a bit of coaching with WFTA when I’m home and it’s great to be still involved with them, and there the main reason I’m playing in England. That’s what I think of WFTA.

Actually prior to your move to Bohs your WFTA side had won the U-16 Barry Cup, what was it like to beat Bohs in that?

That was great side we had at WFTA, and to win treble under 16s was great. I’m not going to lie it was great to beat Bohs at that time, they were 1 of or main rivals and knocked us out the year before so was great to beat them in the all Ireland final

Okay and we're almost out of time so our final question who is the best player you have played with so far?

I’ve played with so many great players, but best all round player and leader on pitch would be Owen Heary 

We would like to thank Paddy for his time and wish him luck at Carlisle in the near future

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Seamus Conneely- The Story So Far (as Gaeilge)


Níl sé neamhchoitianta a fheiceáil Sraith na hÉireann réaltaí a bhfuil tuar dóchais inti an t-aistriú a dhéanamh go Sasana chun tuilleadh a ngairmeacha beatha geal, agusSéamus Conneely tá sí ar cheann acu.
An-ráta ard i am in Éirinn, chaith an iar-Gaillimh Aontaithe ar ais go hiomlán trí bliana atá cleachtadh na gairme a thrádála anseo, sular thosaigh Craobh npower strugglersSheffield Aontaithe.
Séamus Ó Conghaile i gcónaí nach raibh a ainm ar an eolas sa pheil na hÉireann, ach amháin a dhéanamh ar ainm mór dó féin i 2009, nuair a nailed  síos ar a áit sa líne tosaigh-suas i ndiaidh imeacht Alan Keane do Ruagairí Shligigh. Roimhe sin,d'fheidhmigh mar cúltaca Conneely i 2008, tar éis obair a bhealach suas ó thaobhan-21 U inar chuir  i léirithe mór go leor sa bhliain 2007 tar éis  dul ó thaobh eileatá bunaithe Muirbheach Gaillimh Aontaithe, a tharlóidh anois a roinnt Thír Oileáin Páircle Gaillimh Aontaithe. Just smaoineamh ar é mar an bealach is an San Siro é roinnteidir Inter Milan agus AC Milan, ach amháin i bhfad níos  agus le freastail bocht don dábhfoirne.

Tar éis seasamh amach séasúir 2009 agus 2010, an 22 bliain d'aois ar deireadh ghlaca chance agus rinne an t-aistriú thar an t-uisce a shíniú le Sheffield United, chomh maithle iar St Pats midfielder Lúthchleas Dave McAllister.   nár shiúil sé isteach ar chlubéasca áfach, mar go bhfuil an club atá ag streachailt sa chrios relegation agus tá troidar a lámha a sheachaint an titim, ach Conneely muiníneach gur féidir leo coinneáil suas, ag rá gur "Tá sé agat chun a chreidiúint go bhfuil  Is féidir le fanacht suas go dtí go bhfuil  dodhéanta go matamaiticiúil. 3 bliana ó shin bhí  cuid de na GaillimheAontaithe a bhí scríofa go raibh  de thalamh agus dúirt go raibh doomed muid go dtí an roinn 1. Ach chuaigh muid ar siúl iontach thar an tríú deireanach an tséasúir, agusd'fhan siad suas ar an lá deireanach an tséasúir. Gan amhras  sé ag dul a bheithan-dian ach tá  ag mothú go bhfuil bua ar cheann d'fhéadfadh dul ar an séasúr fadtimpeall. Táimid dóchasach go dtagann bhuachan luaithe seachas níos déanaí. "
Conneely súil a thabhairt ar an cuntas maith dó féin sna cúlchistí, agus tá súil go ndéanfaidh sé le tuiscint cheart go thoradh ar ghlaoch suas go dtí an fhoireannshinsearach, "Ar ndóigh ba mhaith liom a bheith bainteach leis an bhfoireann 1 ach tuigim go bhfuil an staid reatha ní cheadaítear i ndáiríre do dhaoine óga a thabhairt isteach. Táimid dóchasach go séasúr romhainn is féidir liom a bheith fíor-dul agbriseadh isteach ar an bhfoireann 1. "

Conneely bhí ról freisin ag leibhéal faoi aois do Phoblacht na hÉireann, agus mothaíonnchun muinín a d'eascair na glao-ups fhéadfadh sé go mbeadh  ag imirt ar an chéad leibhéal eile ar son a thíre, "Bhí  taithí iontach.  imeartha do do thír ar sprioc an chuid is mó (mura léir a) Imreoirí sacair gairmiúil.   an-bhródúil as na caipíní agustá siad rud éigin nach féidir a dhéanamh amach. I mo thuairimse, mo baint leis an u21sThug  an tuairim go raibh mé in ann imirt ar an chéad leibhéal eile. "
Mar sin, le gairmréim fhada chun tosaigh ar an óg lán-ais, beidh go leor a bheith ag breathnú ar a dhul chun cinn leis an dóchas mór agus oirchill ar féidir leis a bhaint amach ar an airde chéanna Keith Fahey agus Seamus Coleman, agus ainm féin adhéanamh ag an leibhéal is airde na peile Béarla agus ar an ardán idirnáisiúnta.