Sunday 30 April 2017

Foley return boosts Athy

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

ATHY'S quest to win the Leinster club football title has received a massive fillip with the return of All Star defender Mick Foley from an extended holiday for next Sunday's semi-final against experienced Westmeath side Garrycastle.

Club chairman Mark Dalton revealed yesterday that their inter-county superstar responded immediately to a call from manager Mark Brophy after the club had got through the provincial quarter-finals and arrived home last Friday from travelling abroad.

"Obviously he will be a bit ring-rusty as he hasn't played since the county final, which was over seven weeks ago, but Mick is such an experienced footballer that he will come back very quickly," Dalton said.

The county defender, honoured with an All Star at corner-back this season, usually lines out for Athy at centre-back. Foley went straight back into action, lining out with Kildare in an exhibition game last Saturday evening against a Patrician Newbridge selection to mark the school's centenary.

And it was noticeable that he lasted a full 60 minutes of that game when he was only expected to ease himself back in by playing for half an hour.

Despite Foley's absence, the young south Kildare side have already knocked out Edenderry of Offaly and Old Leighlin of Carlow.

Portlaoise will take on Dublin champions St Brigid's in Parnell Park in the other semi-final.

Irish Independent

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