Monday 17 June 2019

Henderson prepared for second crack at Dundalk

Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Stephen Henderson will seek to complete mission impossible for a second time this week in Dundalk tonight.

It's been an emotional couple of days for Cobh Ramblers manager Henderson due to the amount of good wishes he received in the aftermath of the stunning EA Sports Cup semi-final success over Stephen Kenny's side in St Colman's Park on Monday.

They meet again at Oriel Park in the first round of the FAI Cup tonight and Cobh are planning for a backlash, with Kenny expected to field a stronger starting team.

Henderson nearly walked away from Cobh earlier in the season due to his frustrations with the club's direction and the absence of local support.

The Dubliner hopes that Monday will be remembered as a turning point - they play Derry in next month's decider. And Henderson wants his young, amateur squad to use the lessons from the Dundalk game to gain belief in their ability and become more consistent.

"I don't think anyone was expecting it," he said speaking on LOI Weekly.

"Dundalk put out a decent team. We had a game-plan, but I was genuinely shocked that we could do it for the 90 minutes. Now we have to try to do it all over again.

"If we played like that every week, we would be up there with UCD trying to win promotion."

For the full Henderson chat and an FAI Cup preview with John McDonnell and Ger Rowe go to independent.ie/podcasts

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