Watch: Sheil confident Pike can compete on all fronts in 2018/2019

Pike Rovers manager Mick Sheil is satisfied with the start his side have made to the season but feels there is more in his team. Pike have started with three victories and a draw in their first four games. They have overcame the challenge of Charleville, Carew Park and Geraldines while drawing with fierce rivals Fairview last Sunday.

The Munster Junior Cup holders travel to Dooradoyle on Thursday night to take on Regional. Sheil reckons that the pressure will be on Regional to get a result following their 3-1 defeat to table toppers Ballynanty on Sunday.

“Yeah they drew with Fairview last week and they were beaten yesterday so even at this early stage with us coming to town, they are probably going to have to win that game. It put’s a little bit of pressure on them and they have made a lot of signings during the summer. I haven’t seen them so it is difficult for me to say what to expect.”

Pike have enjoyed a better start to the season than last year before Sheil’s return. It is a hectic period with at least three games a week for most clubs. The Pike manager admits he is not a supporter of this time of the season.

“I don’t particularly like this time of the season. You don’t get a chance to work on things and you get sloppy goals against you as a result. I feel we haven’t been as solid defensively but we are a little more open, possession and attack based with the technical players that we have now. We want to play a more expansive game now.”

It was a poor weekend for the premier division in Limerick junior soccer with one walkover and one abandonment. Sheil believes that a lot of negative press for these incidents is unwarranted at this stage.

“Other teams are none of my business really. I think you guys in the media and with social media everything is a crisis. I’m pretty sure in the 80’s, 90’s and noughties when Fairview were winning FAI Cup’s, they got all the good players and they were a few thrashings handed out. All the good players migrate to the best teams.”

All premier games scheduled for Thursday night will kick off at 6.30 pm. Sheil also discusses the recent tough FAI Senior Cup clash with UCD as well as the departures and arrivals at the club over the summer period.


To watch the full interview, click on the link below.

Please accept YouTube cookies to play this video. By accepting you will be accessing content from YouTube, a service provided by an external third party.

YouTube privacy policy

If you accept this notice, your choice will be saved and the page will refresh.

Social Sharing

Posted in

Limerick FC show great character to secure victory over Cabinteely

Limerick FC secured their second successive win with a well deserved 1-0 victory over Cabinteely at the Markets ...
Read More

Battling Blues take on table toppers Cabinteely

Limerick FC welcome leaders Cabinteely to the Markets Field on Friday night in the Airtricity League First Division ...
Read More

Pike Rovers treble dreams end with Munster Junior final heartache

Pike Rovers ambitions of landing three trophies this season were ended by St. Michaels in the Munster Junior ...
Read More

Gary Manning departs role at Limerick FC

Limerick under-19s manager Gary Manning has announced that he has left the club with immediate effect. Manning has ...
Read More

WATCH: Jan Molby coming to Limerick for Liverpools Legends game

Liverpool FC legend Jan Molby has revealed that he will manage the Liverpool Legends side to face Aisling ...
Read More

Aisling Annacotty announce main sponsor for Liverpool Legends match

Aisling Annacotty Football Club have announced that The Millhouse Bar and Grill will be the main sponsor of ...
Read More

LISTEN: Ryan praises Janesboro players following third league title

Janesboro Football Club were crowned PJ Matthews Premier League champions on Tuesday evening following a 0-2 away victory ...
Read More

In Pictures: Limerick District League win the Oscar Traynor Trophy

Limerick District League won the Oscar Traynor Trophy in Kilkenny against Kilkenny District League on Sunday thanks to ...
Read More

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous on September 8, 2018 at 11:07 am