MANUS BOYLE PRAISED Killybegs’ experienced players for leading the way to senior survival this afternoon.
Killybegs will play in the Donegal SFC again in 2017 after a 2-13 to 1-6 win in the relegation play-off replay in Letterkenny.
“Everyone looks forward to the senior championship and, if you weren’t in it, it would be a downer,” the former Donegal player, a member of the Killybegs management team. told Donegal Sport Hub.
“But, listen, we know it’ll be a struggle for a few years. We’re working as best we can with the underage.
“That’s why when you see Daniel Breslin, Shane Molloy, Christopher Murrin, Antoine O’Hara, Ciaran Conaghan, Pauric Gallagher, still playing after all the football they’ve played – and they have played a lot of football.[adrotate group=”85″]
“To be still involved and giving their all, even at training, they’re the boys driving it on. They have that bit of pride. You need that for the club to survive.”
Hugh McFadden hit 1-4, netting in the 48th minute while Evan Broderick scored a goal in added time at the end of the first half as Killybegs powered to a win.
Boyle said: “We have men coming from Dublin and Sligo to train for the club. That shows the type of lads they are and their willingness to give their all for the club. They have to be commended for that.[adrotate group=”83″]
“We have lost a lot of players to emigration, but they don’t dwell on that. They just get on with it.”
Boyle, who won five SFC titles with Killybegs during their golden era in the late 80s and early 90s, was pleased how his men responded after last week’s drawn encounter.
He said: “Last week we probably needed a game in between to help us along. We didn’t have a game for a couple of weeks and we weren’t as relaxed. We were more fluent here.[adrotate group=”38″]
“We knew that we needed to pick it up. We knew that last week wasn’t good enough and, to a man, they picked it up.”
Listen to the full interview below …