INTERVIEW: "The Boys Deserve Nothing Less" - Andy Doyle On U15 Cup Win

(21 Mar 2017)

By Jamie Moore













The Belvedere U15 Premier team are a sophisticated bunch!

Having won the Joe Corcoran SFAI Regional Cup on Sunday, they were asked where they wanted to go to get some food and celebrate their win?

Their answer...


Thankfully their taste in playing good football is better than their choice of post match food venue!

The boys in blue came from 2-0 down to beat Home Farm 3-2 after extra time at Abbotstown on Sunday.

Aaron Walsh and Ben McCormack strikes made it 2-2 before Captain Troy Parrott scored a dramatic late winner.













Coach Andy Doyle spoke to BelvedereFC.Com after their big win.

“I’m absolutely thrilled. Aussie, Tony, Cameron (above) and all the players deserve nothing less. We were disappointed after the SFAI Cup exit, but the players set their goals for the summer season again and they all wanted to win the Regional Cup. They should be very proud that Belvo is the first name on that cup.”

So how did they mount their famous come back and things were not looking good at 2-0 down.

“One thing that cannot be questioned in this team is their character. Time and time again they’ve come back, whether it was the games in the SFAI or even friendlies we’ve played in. We conceded two goals against the run of play and found it hard to break Home Farm down, but once we got one back, we knew our lads had it in them to go and win it.”














Andy talked us through Troy’s winning goal, or at least tried to!

“To be honest, the game is a bit of a blur, but we were pressing for the whole of extra time and a cross came in from the right, and I remember two or three players lining up at the back to get on the end of it. Troy roared that it was his ball and headed it back across goal in to the far corner and wheeled off in celebration. It felt like it took ages to hit the net!!”

Andy has managed our 2005 age group for the previous couple of seasons but moved up to join Aussie, Tony and Cam on the U15 coaching team in January after the departure of Trevor Croly to Bohemians in the League of Ireland.

He says it’s an ideal start.

“Yeah it’s been a great start. They’re a super bunch of lads. Aussie and the other coaches have put huge amounts of work in to the players over the last few years, and it’s evident in the way they play. The players have a great attitude to learning, and there’s always a good buzz at training. I was delighted to join up with them.”












Pic; The boys doing some fine dining in McDonald's!

Belvo host Peamount in their opening game of the DDSL league season this Saturday (Clontarf 11.45am).

Doyle hopes their SFAI Regional Cup win will lead into a good season overall.

“Definitely. There’s a great belief in the side and they work really hard for each other. They’ve shown their ability to play good football, and their versatility with playing two different systems of play. The players know themselves that if they perform to their best, they can take on anybody. We need to focus on preventing some of the sloppy goals we’ve been conceding, but the cup win will definitely give them a great boost going in to the season, and we are all really looking forward to it.”

Photos thanks to the excellent Eilish O'Connor


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