By Paul Holland
Jake Hyland signed for Drogheda United after featuring for the Bohemians first team in 2014 and 2015. The Swords based midfielder played underage for Belvedere, Malahide & St. Kevin’s Boys.
Jake is 22 and was captain of the Bohs U-19s for two seasons and played 12 times for their first team under Owen Heary in 2014.
How do you view last week’s game against Dundalk ?
“It was a good test against the most successful team in the country. I felt we started well and despite going 2-0 down, we picked ourselves up and showed our true character in getting back into the game and pulling a goal back. However our indiscipline cost us again and playing with 10 men against a team like Dundalk was asking a lot to say the least. We can still draw a lot of positives from our overall performance.”
How did you find playing on the new 4G surface at Oriel Park?
“It was fine and exactly what we are used to when we train in Ashbourne. With the old surface at Oriel, you just never knew what way the ball would bounce. No wonder our supporters used to call it a bouncy castle!”
We got off to a fantastic start winning our first two games against Galway and Pat’s but since then we have lost the last five league games. It must be very disheartening to lose game after game.
“Yes it is very disappointing when we come away with nothing from games. Take the last home game for example against Bohs. We really should have been out of sight at half-time but when we didn’t take our chances we were hit with a sucker punch. Against Cork we were very much in the game when, as most people agree, Richie Purdy was wrongly sent off in the 22nd minute. Similarly being down to 10 men against Bray cost us.”
Do you prefer playing at home at United Park?
“Yes I always love playing on the perfect surface at United Park. Despite the very heavy rainfall before the Pat’s game, the pitch was in superb condition. I also like the way the fans are on top of you and obviously the great vocal support they bring to our games.”
You were doing very well at Bohs and you were promoted to the first team by manager Owen Heary. Then the following season you found it harder to stay in Keith Long’s plans.
“Yes Owen Heary knew me very well as he was manager of the 19s and I made 12 appearances in the first team when he became manager. I really enjoyed being involved week in, week out. I guess I found it harder to impress a second manager when Keith Long took over. Nevertheless I have happy memories of my time at Bohs and one of the highlights would include playing in front of a full house in the big Dublin Derby against Rovers.”
How did it happen that you signed for Drogheda from Bohemians?
“Pete Mahon made contact with Bohs and then spoke to me about his plans for Drogheda. I was delighted to sign as I really wanted to play football on a regular basis. I am very happy with the move and am really enjoying my football this season.”
What’s your opinion on Limerick sacking their manager Martin Russell during the week?
“It was a strange one alright considering there were only seven games played and that Limerick had been doing ok. A lot of money has been invested in getting good players, improving their ground and training facilities etc. But it’s not like they were losing all their games! I was surprised but maybe the investors don’t want to take any risk of being relegated.”
You scored a crucial goal against Pats. How is your position in midfield different from last year?
“Pete likes me to play higher up the pitch this season which suits me fine as we like to press.”
How do you see tonight’s game against Shamrock Rovers?
“Rovers are beginning to find their feet with a lot of new players and had a great win with a late goal last week against Finn Harps. We know that they are a good team and have a lot of quality players so we will have to be at our best to win this game. The way the league is so tight this year, a team in 10th position could shoot up to 6th with a win and vice-versa.