All-Star clash set to rule Wexford star Chin out of Youths decider
Lee Chin's brief cameo as a Wexford Youths player this season looks to be over, despite the Slaneysiders not yet being clear of relegation in the League of Ireland Premier Division.
"And this is where I sign out @WexfordYouthsFC it has been a pleasure #Youths", Chin tweeted last night with Friday's second-leg promotion/relegation play-off against Drogheda United clashing with the GAA All-Star ceremony.
Chin is on the shortlist for a hurling award and didn't envisage a clash when he made a short-term commitment to help out his local soccer team for the final months of the season.
They ended up in a promotion/relegation play-off with Drogheda and Chin scored his first goal in the dying seconds of Monday's first leg to give Wexford a 2-0 advantage heading into the decider at United Park.
But the multi-talented sportsman admitted afterwards that he might have kicked his last ball for Wexford Youths because of the prior commitment and last night's tweet appeared to confirm the news.
He has already stressed that hurling remains his number one priority and All-Star nominees are expected to attend the event at Dublin's Convention Centre.
"As I've said to the boys, it was nice to get in and get to know other lads in a different sport," said Chin after Monday night's victory.
"They are a great bunch of lads. It was nice to be a part of it, to join and fight for them. I wouldn't look at myself as a huge value to the club. In my opinion, if I'm not there on Friday night there are three or four other lads who could step in off the bench and do a better job.
"The 2-0 cushion maybe makes it a little easier for me to not be there on Friday night."
Despite scoring such a superb and crucial goal, Chin was full of modesty afterwards.
"I wouldn't have the best technique when it comes to volleys," he said. "I had put a few of those over the bar. I suppose, if I go back to where I belong you'd be getting a few scores that way. Nothing I do on a soccer pitch is intentional, to be honest!"