Bar set high by man­ager Elmes

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - BY DEAN GOOD­I­SON

TOM ELMES was left mar­vel­ling at his side again af­ter their gutsy vic­tory over Peamount in the Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres Women’s FAI Se­nior Cup fi­nal on Sun­day.

The Wex­ford Youths boss re­it­er­ated that the aim for the sea­son was to take the league, but his squad are a re­lent­less bunch.

‘Look, I’ve said it af­ter the league ti­tle, if some­one had just of­fered me the league ti­tle this year I’d have took it. You’re go­ing to a club where they’re used to suc­cess, well, not used to it, they ex­pect it, and they know how to go about it in terms of their workrate.

‘With re­gards my job, it was to cre­ate that en­vi­ron­ment that they could go and do that and learn and be pre­pared as best they can go­ing into matches,’ Elmes ex­plained.

‘Some­times they don’t get the credit they de­serve. We’ve lost an aw­ful lot of play­ers this year. It’s only when you look at who’s ac­tu­ally left our squad you re­alise that the play­ers out there have re­ally dug in for the re­sults we’ve got this year.

‘I think in any league game you’re not al­ways go­ing to per­form to your best, but the sign of a good side is you have an off day and still get the re­sult you de­serve.’

He re­vealed that it was Rianna Jar­rett’s de­ci­sion to give it a go, once she had been cleared to re­turn.

‘We’d kept an eye on her. We al­ways knew that if we had that chance that we would go with her, so she had an as­sess­ment there dur­ing the week and the club doc­tor as­sessed her and had a look and ba­si­cally we had a chat with Rianna.

‘We said ba­si­cally “look, we feel that this is re­ally down to you, it’s your call”, so look, you’re go­ing to tell an in­ter­na­tional cen­tre-for­ward that you’ve an op­por­tu­nity to go and play in the FAI Cup fi­nal in the Aviva, what is she go­ing to say?’

Elmes be­lieved that it took his side a lit­tle while to set­tle into the game but they were able to work out their early woes and dom­i­nate the game.

‘I think we grew into it as the game went on,’ he said. ‘If any­thing, I think maybe the half-time whis­tle came just that lit­tle bit too early for us, just when we’d got our goal.

‘The half-time whis­tle came and it kind of up­set our mo­men­tum a lit­tle bit but also gave us a chance to put a few things right, and we know we needed to do that.

‘Peamount got a lot of space around the 18-yard box and the ball into more ar­eas that hurt us a lit­tle bit.

‘So I think sec­ond-half we fixed that a lit­tle bit and we re­duced them down to very few chances. And we al­ways knew we were dan­ger­ous on the break so we knew we had to just stick it in there and work hard.’

With the tre­ble wrapped up, Elmes and his team have given them­selves a tough act to fol­low and he re­turned some in­ter­est­ing com­ments when look­ing ahead to next sea­son, in par­tic­u­lar with re­gards Youths’ Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign.

‘I’ve set the bar quite high haven’t I, not too high, but quite high! Look, we’ll en­joy the off-sea­son I’m sure. We’ll have a good con­ver­sa­tion with the club, we are def­i­nitely go­ing to need a lot more sup­port go­ing for­ward (so) that we can go and com­pete.

‘I mean, Cham­pi­ons League is an ab­so­lute dream to go (to). I think go­ing tak­ing part is one thing, go­ing com­pet­ing is an­other, and ideally we want to go and com­pete but we do need a lot more sup­port if we are go­ing to do that.’

Those con­ver­sa­tions are for an­other week, but for now Elmes and his side can sit back and re­flect on a job well done.

Still, it won’t be long be­fore prepa­ra­tions be­gin for an­other sea­son, an­other in which the boss and his side will ex­pect to ex­cel.

Ka­t­rina Parrock gets the vi­tal touch to knock in the win­ning goal in Sun­day’s cup fi­nal.

The goalscorer seeks out her col­league to cel­e­brate af­ter break­ing the dead­lock in the Aviva Sta­dium.

Man­ager Tom Elmes watch­ing the ac­tion on Sun­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.