4 goals in 2 matches at the beginning of the 2018-19 season has saw Jordyn Sheerin shoot to second in the BetFred Cup goal-scorers chart – sitting one behind Queen of the South’s Stephen Dobbie. However, the former East Fife, Livingston and Berwick forward will not get carried away and insists he will continue to work hard to maintain this current form for the remainder of this term.
28-year-old Sheerin joined the Blue Brazil this summer on a permanent deal after negotiating a release from Kelty Hearts.
“I wouldn’t say the move came out of the blue; at the end of last season, I had talks with Cowden. They asked me if I enjoyed it and I said I did and then they came in for me. Kelty approached me to say I had permission to speak with them and I was delighted to speak with to the club about a move. To be honest, I haven’t had a pre-season for the past couple of seasons, so, as I have said before, I don’t think I came to the club the player I believe I am and can be. It was just good for me to get games – even though I wasn’t as fit as I should have been or could have been, and that was all down to the fact I didn’t have my base fitness under my belt, which pre-season gives you. I was delighted, though, to get back up into the senior ranks and play at a good level of football again.
I think when you go into pre-season, you need to know where you are going to be playing, so, to head back from the summer as a Cowdenbeath player, it was a relief to be honest with you. I enjoyed my time at Kelty, even though I was injured for half of it, but, the boys there and everybody else connected with the club were great, but, when I got the chance to re-join Cowdenbeath, I couldn’t wait to get started.”
Pre-Season this summer has been “the toughest the boys have ever experienced” according to Assistant Manager Mark Fotheringham, and Sheerin isn’t disagreeing with that statement either.
“Without a doubt, even going back to when I had a full-time pre-season… this was much harder! It was physically demanding; it was extremely tough, but, we all got through it and it has brought us closer together as a group and I think that shows with the way we have started this season. It has given us a base to stay on a par with the full-time sides and I think that was proven on Tuesday evening when, even in the last 10 minutes, we were creating chances and scored a goal against Inverness. Despite the score-line, we were still on top in the match. All the coaching staff are the same, but, Fozzy brings some great ideas – he brings a wealth of experience with him and his methods are really beginning to pay off now: all the boys have really bought into it and it is starting to come to the fore now.”
Cowdenbeath began their BetFred Cup Group C campaign with a 2-0 win against Fife neighbours Raith Rovers before going down 5-2 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Central Park.
“I think [the result against Raith] was a surprise to everyone except myself and the rest of the guys in that changing room. Going into the match, we knew they were a good side who are full-time and from the division above, but, we believed in ourselves as we know what kind of ability we have in the dressing room this season. I wouldn’t say we were ‘comfortable’, but, we felt positive within ourselves. My two goals were probably strikes I wouldn’t have scored last season, especially the second because I was chasing down the defender and the goalkeeper and last term I don’t think I would have had the fitness to do that, so, again, that all links in to the pre-season we have had and how it is bearing fruit now.
I don’t like going on about refereeing decisions too much, because that isn’t how I am, but, I think there were definitely a few decisions [in the match against Inverness] that altered the eventual outcome within the tie. I think a draw at the end of the 90 minutes would have been a fair result, but, that is football – we go away from the match happy with the way we have played. It is always good to score, but, it takes away the shine when you get goals and don’t win. I would much prefer we won the match on Tuesday, however, it is great for personal confidence [to score 4 goals in 2 matches]. I’ll take everything game by game; I’ll be happy if the team do well – if goals come my way too then that is great, but, as long as we are doing well as a side: we aren’t a one man team. We have a lot of good players and a lot of competition. Kris Renton will be returning for us and he will be eager to do well too, so, there is more than me in the side who will score goals throughout the campaign. Sometimes I do set myself targets, but, I feel by doing that you can set yourself up for a fall if you don’t end up making that figure. I am not going to get ahead of myself – I am not setting myself any targets apart from working hard for the team, giving my all and performing well for the club and my team-mates.”
Today, Sheerin will come up against Cove Rangers – the side who nearly relegated the Fife side out of the SPFL structure at the end of the last term.
“When the draw was being made, I think we all had a feeling Cove were going to be in our group! To be fair, as soon as we saw that was the case, we were delighted by that and I am sure the Cove players were too. They’ll maybe be trying something a little different this time around, to get one back on us, but, at the same time, we will go about our business the right way and prove why we are the senior side. We have both had different preparations ahead of this game – they’ll be preparing for their Highland League campaign and we are getting ready for our season in League Two, so, I don’t think you can compare this tie to the play-off matches at the end of last season. We want to win and want to do well, but, they will have the same mindset, so, I am sure the game will be very competitive.
We want to be looking up the league this season – we certainly don’t want to be down in the bottom half of the table; the players we have signed are indicative of that, so, I think we will be aiming up the way and seeing where that takes us. I have just got to keep my head down and work as hard as I can because we have a lot of capable players of challenging for a starting spot: as I have said, as long as we are doing well as a team, I will be a happy man.”