Boyle set to miss league final

Damian Stack

TOP Kerry forward Mikey Boyle is to miss this weekend's Division 2B final with Carlow, despite changing his travel plans in order to play the game.

The Ballyduff man had been due to travel to the United States for a holiday today [Wednesday], but had delayed his plans to play in the final, which was initially due to be played on Saturday afternoon.

The management team and the County Board were operating on the assumption that they game would be played on Saturday (as the fixtures on the GAA website indicated) until being informed otherwise late last week. Once the game was changed to Sunday they sought to move it back to Saturday to ensure Boyle's participation – Boyle is now due to fly out on Sunday.

Croke Park subsequently told Kerry to make contact with Carlow about any possible change. After consultation with their management team, led by former Kerry boss John Meyler, Carlow rejected Kerry's request to change the date of the game.

"It's very disappointing for Mikey," Kerry manager Eamonn Kelly told The Kerryman this week. Kelly rightly rates Boyle highly indeed and admits his loss for the game will be a blow to the Kingdom's chances.

"We just have to put it to the back of our minds and focus on the game," he commented.

Kelly also confirmed that the game has come a little too soon for John Griffin. The Lixnaw midfielder has missed the entire league campaign and, while back training, isn't expected to feature against Carlow. Team captain John Egan and corner-back Dougie Fitzell also remain on the injury list.


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