THE exodus of young men from the area to distant shores due to lack of employment is having a big impact on Kerry soccer with more and more clubs being drained of players.
Out North Kerry way Lisselton Rovers have been ravaged by the outflow of players and have made a bold move to strengen their panel of players by joining up with Ballybunion players who are available after the club ceased operating two years ago. Now the amalgamation of Lisselton and Ballybunion has got the green light from the Kerry District League and the club will now be called LB Rovers and they will play in Division 1B where Lisselton Rovers were prior to the two clubs joining forces.
The man behind the new venture is Eoin O'Mahony a player who has won a bundle of silverware with the Lisselton Rovers side that played in Premier A. Speaking to TheKerryman he said: "Our panel of players was reduced considerably after Christmas last year and we had to struggle to finish our league programme. During the closed season we decided to pursue joining up with Ballybunion.
"Players such as Barry O'Mahony, Shane Joy, Declan Bennet and Sean Dee agreed with the proposed plan and more Ballybunion players will be joining in the coming week.
"We will be playing our home games at the Irish College pitch at Sandhill Road in Ballybunion which was home for Ballybunion Celtic and we will be sharing it with Shannon Wanderers from Ballyduff. The new arrangement has met with a positive response and we have secured sponsorship from The Golf Hotel and Railway Bar in Ballybunion. O'Mahony has been appointed team trainer and now has a panel of 22 playrs at his disposal."
He says the club will be appointing a team manager this week and they are looking forward to their first game, which is next Sunday against Newtown Athletic.