Return to league a major step forward for Boyne Rovers
LEINSTER Senior League football is due to return to Parkview next Sunday (2pm) when Boyne Rovers make their debut in the Major 1 division.
They have been slotted into a division which is four levels below that of their neighbours Drogheda Town, but everyone associated with the Rovers is just delighted that they are back competing in the adult football ranks.
Transport are the scheduled visitors, and ironically Rovers have been told their opponents are having 'squad issues' and might not be able to field.
After two years in the wilderness, having withdrawn from the league in 2011, a false start wouldn't concern Rovers too much at this stage, but in the meantime they are continuing to prepare for the game.
New manager Wayne Wright has put together a squad combining some experienced players with members of last year's Under-19s, and his back line includes Andy Doak and former Drogheda United underage player Ciaran Hoey, while his two goalkeepers are Tommy Melia and ex Louth Under-21s netminder Cathal Costello.
Stephen Smith, Lee Kavanagh and youngsters Dean Kirwan and Conor Moore will be vying for places in midfield, while Wright will be looking to Ryan Halton and Shane Brady - top scorer for the Under-19s last year - to offer a cutting edge in Rovers' attack.
However, skipper Ryan Connor has already departed after only a few weeks with the club, having been snapped up by Drogheda United for their Under-19 squad.
'We had Roy Kierans doing pre-season with us as well and he was always going to go to the League of Ireland, and it is a blow to lose Ryan as well,' agreed Wright.
'But we're delighted for Ryan as well and if we're breeding players for the League of Ireland we are doing something right.
'It's our first year back and we are very keen to get stability back in the club, but we're quietly confident that we have a talented squad who are committed to the club and that we'll do okay.
'We are a footballing side and, having done a bit of homework on the league we're in, we won't go up against too many teams like that - but we're going to stick with the football.'