THE WEEKEND PREVIEW: Moore’s U13s Ready For Road To Cork

(16 Feb 2018)

By BelvedereFC.Com










What a big weekend ahead for our boys in blue (or green in the photo above!!).

The pick of the games sees our U13 Premier boys make the long trip to Cork to face Midleton in the last 16 of the SFAI All Ireland Cup.

Kick-off is at 2.30pm.

Manager John Moore is hoping for the right result, with a place in the quarter-finals of Ireland’s biggest competition on the line.

“We’re hoping to put in a good performance in the game tomorrow, and if we do that, we’ve got a great chance to get into the next round of the competition, but Midleton will feel the same. It’s an obvious thing to say, but whoever plays better on the day will win the game, hopefully that’s us and if there’s any luck on the day, that it falls in our corner.”

“These big games are decided by the players, the boys have trained well all week and are excited for the game. They need to make sure they focus on the match itself, and not what’s going on around them, or who has come to watch the game and so on, if they want to go and play at a high level, playing in important games will be a regular thing, certainly playing in big games is a regular thing for Belvedere players anyway.”










The boys beat Corinthians, also from Cork, 2-1 in the previous round in Clontarf, having already accounted for St Joseph’s Boys, St Francis, Dalkey and Cabinteely.

John says the long away trip will be a good experience for the players.

“The majority of our games are played in and around Dublin, with the players making their way to and from them with their parents, so this will be a good experience for them. We’ll be getting a coach from Dublin, and stopping for our pre-match meal and team meeting in a hotel en route, which will be something different for the lads and will hopefully get them used to trips like this.”

“Once we get to Cork, it’s all about doing the business on the pitch and trying to get into the last eight by playing our usual style, and treating it like any other football match. There is never any pressure on the lads to win at this age, but there is an expectation on them to do their best in each game, to show a good attitude and to try to perform to their best, and that will be no different tomorrow.”











Elsewhere on Saturday, our U12 Premier boys will begin their season at home to Esker Celtic in the AUL at 10.30am while our U13 Major boys, U14 and U15 Premier teams are all away from home against Firhouse, Shelbourne and St Francis.

On Sunday, the U12 (1) lads are away to Ballyoulster with the U16 Premier team hosting Athlone Town in Clontarf.

Full list of weekend fixtures HERE

And as always, keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels for updates, scores and photos across the weekend.

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