Waterford FC U15s are set to get their SSE Airtricity League campaign underway this Saturday at the RSC with a 2pm kick-off, when Derek O’Brien’s team takes on South-East Rivals Wexford FC. Derek will be assisted this year by Derek Browne and the pair have been working hard to snap up some of the finest talent from the South-East region whilst also trying to build on the Blues’ successful campaign of 2017.
Derek O’Brien spent a number of years at the club as assistant Head Coach to the U17 squad and makes a return to the Blues underage set-up having spent last season with Saturday’s opponents, Wexford FC. He replaces outgoing U15 Manager Fran Rockett who has joined the coaching staff of the Senior squad for 2018.
Speaking about the squad put together during the off-season, the Derek O’Brien said:
‘With the amount of talent around the South-East region, we found it quite a challenge to select our squad. As it presently stands, our squad is on the small side but that gives us the scope to expand it during the summer. There are some players that we would have liked to bring in but they are currently preparing for the Kennedy Cup in June, which we respect, so hopefully we can have those additions on board following the conclusion of that prestigious underage tournament.’
Speaking ahead of the opening game against Wexford FC in the U15 League, Derek added:
‘We are pleased about how preparations have gone ahead of the start of the season and we’re looking forward to the first game against Wexford. It’s going to be a tough start for us but hopefully we can open with a strong competitive display. That is certainly our plan.
‘The success of the club at underage level allows us to attract some of the best players from the region and we are aiming to build on what the club achieved last season. There are some in our squad who have already played in the league under Fran Rockett and did so very well, so we’re excited to get started.’
Entry to Saturday’s game against Wexford at the RSC is €3 for Adults, €1 for U16s and kids go free. Reserved Season Ticket Holders can access all home underage games this season for free upon presentation of their season tickets. All support welcome!
WATERFORD FC UNDER 15 SQUAD 2018: Cormac Rooney, James Donnelly, Sam Morrissey, Abel Alabi, Cormac Doyle, Lekan Oki, Charlie Binions, Jamie Lee, Liam Kervick, Dean Larkin, Scott Delahunty, Jack Deegan, Eoin O’Brien, Mzee Isaac Boston, Paul Kiely, Salim Ahmed, Jake Doyle