Dennehy eyes up Kerry gold
Published 29/10/2010 | 05:00
BILLY DENNEHY may not be entirely factually correct when he claims that he's trying to become the first Kerryman to win a League of Ireland medal -- Tralee- born Tony O'Connell won the title with Dundalk in 1967, although his family had moved away from the area when he was 10 years old, WRITES DANIEL McDONNELL.
But the Shamrock Rovers winger is aware of the significance of what he is trying to achieve in Bray this evening.
Dennehy chose a different path to the average Kerry teenager. A talented minor footballer, who believes he could have represented his county at senior level, he opted for soccer when Sunderland offered a professional contract five years ago.
Since then, he has endured a roller-coaster ride, from life under Roy Keane to Accrington, to Derry and then the financial crisis at Cork.
He had options in Scotland and England last winter, yet opted for Rovers, feeling that he needed a settled period on Irish soil. People in Kerry are taking notice, with some family members securing prized tickets for the Carlisle Grounds tonight.
"I got a bit of stick when I chose soccer," he says, "But I think my decision has paid off.
"There's probably All-Ireland medals on every doorstep there, but not a League of Ireland one. I knew Gaelic was a route I could have gone down, but I wanted to do something different."