Tuesday 28 March 2017

'Shambles' - Drogheda United skipper Mick Daly lets rip on Twitter after relegation

Michael Daly and goalkeeper Micheál Schlingermann, Drogheda United, react after the final whistle confirms their relegation following their loss to Shamrock Rovers Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Michael Daly and goalkeeper Micheál Schlingermann, Drogheda United, react after the final whistle confirms their relegation following their loss to Shamrock Rovers Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

DROGHEDA United skipper Mick Daly pulled no punches in the aftermath of his side’s relegation from the Premier Division, declaring their season a ‘shambles’ in a forthright series of Twitter posts.

An extraordinary run of results from Limerick culminating with a spirited win in Sligo saw Martin Russell’s side jump into the play-off spot on the final night of the regular season, thus condemning Drogheda to the automatic drop after they lost 5-3 in a chaotic encounter with Shamrock Rovers.

Daly said that Limerick deserved that outcome, and said that his team could have no complaints as they were ‘the worst team in the league by a mile.’

He suggested that the problems were about attitude rather than ability, and revealed that a number of players failed to show for training after a bruising Louth derby defeat to champions Dundalk in September.

“The day after we lost 6-0 to Dundalk, 8 lads didn’t bother to show up training,” revealed Daly, “That was the day we got relegated. No fight, no passion.”

That was less than three weeks after Mark Kinsella had taken control on a temporary basis after the departure of John McDonnell.




“We were a shambles from the very start of the year and got exactly what we deserved,” said Daly, “Congrats to Limerick, it was well deserved. I love this club and loved playing for them. To see them go down f**king breaks my heart. Time to get things in order now and rebuild.

“As captain, I’ll take my share of the blame. I captained a club to be relegated - will live with me forever.”

Limerick still have work to do to maintain their top flight status. They will meet First Division side Finn Harps in a two-legged promotion/relegation decider with the first leg in Markets Field on Monday and the decider in Donegal on Friday.

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