Boyle Celtic’s superb season continues this weekend when they make the long trip to take on Killarney FC in Kerry in the preliminary round of the FAI Cup.
However, the decision to play the game at 7 pm on Saturday evening has caused some controversy as it now means that the team will be forced to stay over following the game.
Boyle Celtic manager, Darren Hurd, said “It’s a joke. We’re going down on Saturday morning and staying over Saturday night. It’s not fair on Boyle Celtic and the FAI and Killarney are at fault.”
The decision was made by Killarney, according to Darren and he believes it’s evidence of the level of fear the Kingdom side have ahead of Celtic’s visit.
“Killarney asked for it to be played at that time. It shows that maybe there’s a bit of fear. It’s water under the bridge now though. We have to go down there and do the business. The lads will be a little bit stiff but that’s football,” he said.
The Celtic boss lamented the fact that his side had been rather harshly knocked out at the semi-final stage of the FAI Junior Cup against Evergreen but said that the senior competition brought its own excitement.
“We win this weekend and we could come up against Dundalk or one of the big clubs!”
Killarney have already proven that they have no intention of making it easy on Boyle but Darren is confident in the players he has at his disposal and highlighted the fact that they’re still competing on several fronts this season.
“We’re in the Connacht semi-final too. The talent has always been there (at the club) they just needed someone to give them a structure,” he said.
This weekend will be business as usual for Boyle Celtic as they travel the length and breadth of the country taking on the big boys of junior soccer. The dream of playing the likes of Dundalk and close neighbours Sligo Rovers is still there for the taking!