Limerick Under-17 manager Dave Dineen says “the target is to maintain that momentum” of four points from their last two games when they tackle leaders Cork City in a National League Munster Derby at Bishopstown on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 2pm).
The young Shannonsiders secured their first win of the new season when they overcame Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park last Sunday, Shane ‘Georgie’ Fletcher twice, Lee Wall and Barry Cotter on the mark in a 4-2 victory, making it two unbeaten.
That moved them up to fifth in Section One, but now they face a Cork side who have a 100 percent record from their four outings and who lead the table by three points.
Dineen knows his players must improve defensively, having already conceded 12 goals, but he believes they are capable of a result if they do so.
“Cork as usual are a well-organised side who, with the confidence they must have from a great start, will pose a difficult test for our lads this weekend,” Dineen told LimerickFC.ie.
“We have built up some momentum now also with four points from six, and the target is to maintain that momentum by becoming more defensively sound and more ruthless in the top third. When we do both we will be a tough side for any team in this division.”
Cotter, who went global last week because of his similarity to Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar, netted his first club goal in the South East. And Dineen was pleased with how the 16-year-old has handled himself.
“Barry is a great lad, and I am delighted to have signed him,” Dave said. “Like the others he has found the transition from schoolboy football to the League of Ireland challenging at times.
“I have been impressed with his willingness to learn, and to rid himself of the bad habits players sometimes acquire at times playing against lesser opposition. It has been a learning curve for him but he has embraced it.
“I was delighted to see him score against Wexford, and given the week he had, it speaks volume about his character that he was still out there 95 minutes in harrying their backline, and looking to score more, which I am confident he will should he take more care when finishing.”
Preview Date: Friday 4 September 2015