Good Luck to Brian
I know everyone in the Club and in Cork soccer will join with me in wishing Brian Lenihan the very best of luck in his new career cross channel with Hull City.
Brian played at every level from under 7 to Senior with College Corinthians and it would be fair to say he stood out from the very start, not only with his outstanding ability but also with his tremendous attitude and this never changed no matter what level or team he was playing with.
He was an integral part of a fine Corinthians schoolboy side which included the likes of Eoghan O’ Connell (Glasgow Celtic), Conor Cannon (UCD), Conor Horgan, Jamie Davis & Michael Martin (all played with Cork U21 footballers this year) and Stephen Murphy (Cork U21 hurlers). All of the above mentioned were part of a Corinthian Boys Under 11 side, which lost out 2-1 to St. Joseph Boys in the National Cup final in 2005 /06.
In 2007/08 Brian played in the Kennedy Cup with the Cork Schoolboys League and created a very favorable impression, which resulted in Brian being selected on the Republic Of Ireland Under 15 squad which travelled to Quatar. Despite some nagging injury problems Brian went onto play for the Irish under 16 and under 19 sides and was outstanding for an Irish Schools side in the Home International Championships.
Still only sixteen Brian played in the middle of the park for the Corinthians Senior team as they regained their Premier Division status by winning the Division One title in season 2010 / 11. Brian moved to Cork City in 2012 with the best wishes if everyone in the Club and made his League Of Ireland debut shortly afterwards even though he had just turned eighteen. He missed the whole of last season through injury but back to full health he has been outstanding this season playing in the unfamiliar position at right Back.
Having played almost all his football in central midfield it was typical of Brian that he should adapt so quickly to his new position and make such a tremendous impression. It came as no surprise that his performances resulted in his selection for the Republic Of Ireland Under 21 squad and that a posse of UK Clubs were chasing his signature. In the end Brian decided to join another former Corinthians schoolboy star David Meyler at Premier League Hull City.
We have little doubt that with a slice of luck that all players need Brian will not only make a big impression at Hull but one day will play alongside David Meyler for the full Irish Senior International team.