Winger Kevin Cawley starred in Tuesday evening’s 5-3 win for Alloa Athletic against League One promotion rivals Arbroath, with the Wasps wide-man celebrating his 250th appearance in style against the Red Lichties.
Speaking to the press after the game, Alloa gaffer Jim Goodwin commented:
“Kevin is a great professional: I was lucky, when I took over the job [as manager], that I had the kind of characters I did, within the dressing room. I had guys such as Kevin Cawley, Iain Flannigan and Graeme Holmes, who has now left, but, there were boys who had been at this club, prior to me joining, for a very long time. Kevin had left, previously, as well, but, I think that shows how well we try and do things at the club that we can attract these boys to come back.
For Kevin, to play 250 games for any club in this day and age is an achievement; he has another 100 in the bag if he wants it as he never stops running – he is like the energizer bunny! He doesn’t look like he is ever going to get old, he is like Peter Pan! We are delighted to have him: I know other managers (although I won’t name names) within this league that would love to have him, as well. We are very lucky to have him and we could do with a few more Kevin Cawley’s.”
Another player who has made an impact at the Indrodrill Stadium is on-loan St Mirren man Ross Stewart, with the former Buddies midfielder saying:
“I am delighted for the big man, I think he is a fantastic young talent, I really do; I have got a lot of time for him. He is a great boy, as well, with a really good attitude. He loves the game and is buzzing as not so long ago he was playing Junior football and then he got his opportunity with Albion Rovers: he caught the eye last year, and I think it was well-documented I tried to get him then [in the summer of 2017], but, once a full-time club comes in for him, then, you expect the boy to take that opportunity.
I think there is more to come from him, as well – he leads the line really well, but, he isn’t just a target man, he is also very mobile for a big boy, with great feet; as you can see, he has got an eye for goal, as well, so, long may that continue. We have got a busy period coming up now, so, it is a great time for us to start scoring goals like that.”
The Wasps manager was happy with his whole squad though, as the fourth placed side drew level on 42 points with third placed Arbroath.
“I am also really, really, pleased for Gaz [Gary Fleming]: I think he has been really consistent for us, especially over the last couple of months, but, I am delighted for the whole team: I really don’t like singling out players, and Ross Stewart will likely get all the plaudits in the papers no doubt, and deservedly so, but, Callum Crane and young Jamie McCart in there at left centre-back were fantastic, so, as a group, I am delighted. I thought Iain Flannigan made a difference when he came onto the park, as well. Everyone contributed and everyone can take a lot of confidence going into another great game on Saturday [against Queen’s Park] as everybody loves going to Hampden. The boys will enjoy that one and I will have a problem picking the team for it now.”