Waterford FC debutant John Martin has paid tribute to his teammates after their 1-0 win at home to Longford Town on Friday night. Under-19 midfielder Martin started his first game for the senior team and impressed in a central role. “It’s a proud m
Waterford FC debutant John Martin has paid tribute to his teammates after their 1-0 win at home to Longford Town on Friday night.
Under-19 midfielder Martin started his first game for the senior team and impressed in a central role.
“It’s a proud moment to make my debut and I’m delighted. The management told me before the game to just try to get on the ball, to keep calm and to win my tackles so hopefully I did that.
"The guys that were playing around me were a massive help because they kept me settled and I thought I did well enough so I’m pleased with the performance but more so the result. It was a brilliant win for us.”
Despite the Blues being unable to grab a second goal and make for a less-nervy finish, Martin knows the importance of holding out.
“Even though we were on top for most the second half, Longford kept on pushing us for the equalising goal but we were great defensively tonight so it’s fantastic to get another three points.
“We needed to grind out the win maybe but we just need to keep pushing on. I’m delighted to get the start so hopefully I’ll be able to get the start next week against Cobh. I just want to keep impressing in training and doing well. It’s great to be part of it and it’s great that we’re winning."
Martin has impressed for the Blues underage side this season since his move from St Patrick’s Athletic, and the Kilkenny-native admits the club is a good platform to develop.
“You have to take the chance when they come along and it was great to get the call up to start. It’s a good platform for the likes of myself and Jack Lynch to try push on so hopefully tonight is the start of something good for me.
“It was a great atmosphere out there tonight as well. The crowd were fantastic and they really motivated us tonight. From start to finish now, they push you on to get that extra tackle in, to work hard and it’s brilliant. It really is.”