Karl O’Sullivan was handed his first start for Limerick FC against Derry City on Monday evening. Despite the 3-0 defeat, the secondary school student put in an impressive display on the right wing, before heading home to finish his homework. Havi
Karl O’Sullivan was handed his first start for Limerick FC against Derry City on Monday evening.
Despite the 3-0 defeat, the secondary school student put in an impressive display on the right wing, before heading home to finish his homework.
Having made his debut on the final day of the season last year, O’Sullivan proved to be a handful for the Candystripes on his first start.
He attends Tarbert Comprehensive School, which is just inside county Kerry. The 17-year old is nearing the end of his secondary education, though his football development is continuing since he arrived at Limerick.
“I’m delighted Tommy (Barrett) gave me the opportunity, being a young player coming up from the academy and getting a chance to prove myself in the senior team – it’s great.
“I’ve school in the morning and homework to do. Once I get the leaving cert done, in six weeks, hopefully I’ll be in full-time (with Limerick FC). I came into the club only last year, coming in from junior soccer with Glin Rovers – it’s a big jump but I’m glad I’m progressing.”
Having played with the Kingdom at U17 level, Limerick snapped him up before he forced his way into the Limerick squad at the end of last season.
“I’ve a bit of experience of League of Ireland underage playing with the Kerry District League and with Limerick U19’s.”
“I try my best – dribbling is what I’m best at. Tommy has given me that confidence. I came in as a right back, but I’ve been scattered all over the place. He’s really helped me to fine my feet.”
Ultimately, it proved to be a disappointing evening for the home side, as Derry eventually ran out 3-0 victors, though that didn’t tell the whole story.
“I was gutted. We didn’t deserve to go 2-0 down, I thought we could have won it, I thought we deserved a draw.”
Juggling a position in the Limerick squad with the final few weeks may prove difficult but O’Sullivan acknowledges how his principal is helping him flourish.
“My principal is very understanding, he’s really supported me over the last couple of weeks, it’s great to have someone like him.”