U16S: “WE HAVEN’T REACHED OUR PEAK JUST YET” – GREHAN
Limerick Under-16 manager John Grehan feels his side “haven’t reached their peak just yet”, as they look to continue their 100 percent start against Summerville Rovers at Portland Park on Saturday afternoon, kick-off 12pm.
The young Superblues have started their campaign with a winning streak, scoring 25 goals in four straight victories while conceding just three along the way.
Last weekend, Ger Barry netted his second successive hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Aisling Annacotty at Hogan Park, as they continued their free-scoring form.
However, Grehan knows his players must step up another level as they make the trip to the reigning champions.
“We know we will need to be at our very best as they are last year’s league winners and a superb team,” Grehan told LimerickFC.ie.
“We now have two former Summerville lads in our team, Morgan Clancy and Ger Barry. We still have some lads carrying injuries but the squad is good this year and we will field a strong team.
“The season so far has been pleasing but I feel we haven’t reached our peak just yet. What is pleasing is the attitude within the group and all the lads recognise they have to compete and fight hard to keep the jersey.
“We have good players who are learning each week and have great attributes at such a young age. If they continue to listen and apply themselves, we could have some year in terms of development for the National League teams at Limerick FC.”
Reflecting on last Saturday’s win over Aisling at Hogan Park, John added: “We knew we would face a physical test against Aisling, who certainly came with a game-plan. They defended in numbers and pressed the ball hard and fast, but we took the lead after our first attack.
“We settled into our passing game but Aisling closed down the space in midfield and we had to go around their defence to expose them and create scoring chances. The first half was a real battle but we came in 3-0 up after weathering that.
“In the second half, we had much more possession but Aisling were a stubborn opponent and it took some creativity in midfield and some hard work from our frontline to take us over the finish line.
“It was a pleasing win as the opposition were particularly strong in all areas of the field and I felt we stood up well to the physical challenge and scored some sublime goals.
“Ger Barry scored another hat-trick followed by two wonderful goals from Junior Echeruwe. I was really pleased with the performance of the team and I felt Paul Costelloe led the line well all match and Carl Williams had a great game in goal.”
Date: Saturday 20 September 2014