It’s been an unusual start to the season for The Seagulls, as we lie in the bottom half of the table despite only losing one of our opening five games.
While ultimately results will determine our league position, it’s fair to say that they haven’t told the full story this year. Leads away at Shelbourne and Cobh have slipped through our fingers thanks to the concession of late penalties, with the referee’s decision in Cobh on Saturday being a bit easier to stomach than the one at Tolka on Good Friday.
Charlie Lyons’ spot kick at St. Colman’s Park cancelled out a lovely opener from Brandon Kavanagh, who has taken on added goalscoring responsibilities in the absence of injured forwards Gary Shaw and Darragh Lynch. The Shamrock Rovers loanee’s lobbed finish followed an impressive brace against Shels at Tolka and he feels that once we get one win on the board, plenty more will follow.
Speaking after the game, he said that “We’re playing well, we just need to keep doing what we’re doing. We know what we want to do, we know how to play. We just have to keep going, it’s a sticky patch but once we get through it and get all the boys back, we’ll be fine.”
Brandon added: “I think we deserved to win the game but then again, when you’re winning 1-0, you need to go and kill off the game. You need to go and get the second one. Once you give them a penalty like that, they’re always going to take it.”
On a brighter note, the 20-year-old lit up League of Ireland Twitter once again with a tidy finish just before the hour mark, although in his own opinion it was a little bit fortunate. “I think it was a bit of a lucky one to be fair,” he explained. “It was a long ball over the top, Brian (Maher) has just hit it and I’ve just thought in my head ‘just run’ and luckily it’s just bounced in my path and I’ve just lobbed it over the keeper.”
There won’t be a Seagulls fan out there that hasn’t been pleased with Kavanagh’s contribution in recent weeks and, for his part, he’s enjoying every minute. “I’m absolutely loving it,” he said. “It’s been a great period for me and I can’t wait for next week.”
Next up for Brandon and his team mates, a home match against Cork City on Friday night. You can watch it all by signing up for LOITV.IE.