By Paul Holland
Striker Ryan Masterson started out at the age of seven with Cherry Orchard FC in Dublin before signing professional forms for Hyde United (Manchester) at the age of 17. Ryan progressed to the first-team, at that time playing in The Conference League. However, a serious knee injury saw him return home to Ireland and his native Tallaght in 2015. The 20-year-old made his debut for Drogheda against Bohemians in May and has since featured against Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Limerick in recent games.
Before you got injured how were things going for you at Hyde United?
“I was very happy there and was playing regularly with the first team, scoring goals etc. I went on trial with Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End when I was there also. I was basically full-time and lived in digs with other young players, so it was very enjoyable back then to play football every day.”
What kind of injury had you out of action for two years?
“I was challenged from behind with a two footed “tackle” on my knee. The tendon in the patella was very badly damaged. I had treatment in England, which wasn’t successful, so I came back to Ireland about a year and a half ago. It was only when I came to Drogheda that our physio, David Carolan, got me back training and eventually back playing. He certainly worked wonders on my knee.”
How did it happen that you were signed by an English club in the first place?
“I was playing in The Milk Cup with Cherry Orchard when I was invited over to Hyde.”
Your match fitness is definitely improving with each game.
“Yes I feel I am getting there. I’m getting more touches on the ball with each game. Hopefully I will get more chances and start scoring goals.”
Your very first game in two years was a friendly in Tallaght for Drogheda against the Irish U-21 team.
“Yes it was fantastic to be back after such a long time. We won 2-1 and we played really well as a team on the night.”
You’re unlucky to have joined us as we go through a bad patch in the last while. However you did see us playing well against Bray and Derry City before you made your debut against Bohs in Dalymount!
“Yes I saw both those games and it was obvious that we have some really good players at the club. We played really well against two top teams that are full-time and deserved more than the two points from the two games.”
How did you feel coming on as a sub against Bohs? You were only on the pitch two mins when you had a good shot on goal!
“It was brilliant to be back on the pitch but I was wrecked afterwards! Ideally I’d like to start scoring goals again. I have only one assist so far so I obviously want to improve! I want to keep training hard, do my best for the club and get back to scoring goals.”
You are back living in Tallaght now?
“Yes I live with my brother Dara, sister Hannah and my parents, Christine and Darren, not far from Tallaght Stadium! All my family and friends turned up to support me for the Rovers game. We were well in the game in the first half and even at 2-1 we had a good chance but no way was it a 4-1 game.”
What did you make of the Bray situation this week?
“It is madness I think, especially when Bray are third in the league and had such a great chance of getting a European spot.”
Away from football how do you spend your time?
“I had a few part-time jobs. I was a bar back in a pub for a while. I like to go to the gym, cinema, play pool and pitch and putt.”