Ballina Town are on the look out for a new manager following the news that Brendan Kenny has decided to step down form the position of manager. Kenny who led Ballina Town to back to back Super League titles stood down this week following Ballina’s elimination from the FAI Junior Cup last weekend. He told the Mayo Advertiser this week that, “It’s been a great four years with the lads, but I think it was time to step away. It’s been all go in the Mayo League because your going all year round and I feel like I have brought them as far as I can. A big thing for me was retaining the Super League title, but I don’t have the energy to give it all the time you need anymore so I’m taking a step back. I’ve been there for four years now and the lads need a new fresh voice to push them on further, and it’s a great opportunity for a manager to come to a side who are the top of the tree in Mayo. The club has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years not just off the pitch, we have the new club house and the astro turf which is a great credit to all those involved and I’m pleased to have been involved in that.”
On the field Kenny still has Oscar Traynor Cup duties to take car of with the Mayo League side on Sunday against the Sligo League in McSharry Park. “Hopefully we’ll get to play on Sunday after it being called off before. We have a few injury problems with Brendan Lavelle definitely out. We also have Danny Scahill, Dave Hoban and Martin Geraghty who are still doubts ahead of the game.” Mayo won’t be able to call on the services of John Mountney either who recently signed for Mervue United. Kenny is hoping that the move can see the man who played so effectively for him with Ballina Town push on his football education. “John is a great player and the move will hopefully see him improve and develop as a footballer. It’s a great opportunity for him and I wish him all the best down there.”
Castlebar Celtic to host double cup winners Sligo Rovers
Castlebar Celtic will keep up their preparations for the new season when they welcome the FAI Cup and EA Sports Cup champions from 2010 Sligo Rovers to Celtic Park. Paul Cook’s side which won the FAI Cup thanks to the heroics of former Castlebar Celtic goalkeeper Ciaran Kelly last Autumn, will be in Castlebar on Saturday February 12 at 5pm. Admission for adults is €10, students and OAPs is €5 and u12s are free. Family tickets are also available for €20. Tickets can be purchased from any member of the club committee
Ballinrobe Town to be on ball boy/ girl duty at Aviva
Ballinrobe Town AFC have been appointed for ball boy/girl duty at the inaugural Carling Nations Cup match between Ireland and Wales next Tuesday at the Aviva Stadium. It is a tremendous honour for all involved with the club, which has been on a waiting list for just such an occasion for the past number of years. The match programme on the night will feature an article on the club in recognition of its achievements and also of all of the time, effort and dedication generously given by so many volunteers over the years. Six boys and girls were picked from a hat to find out the lucky Ballinrobe players on the night would be. The are, Conor Burke, Oisin Canney, Diarmuid Doran, David Ferrick, Ross Golden, Peter Walsh, Caoimhe Carroll, Caoimhe Culhane, Niamh Delargy, Sarah Gibbons, Nicola Hurst and Alanna Hynes.