After missing out on the dramatic FAI Junior Cup quarter-final victory of Carrick united due to injury the Boyle Celtic captain, Lochlainn Conboy is a man on a mission to get back to full fitness for Sunday’s last four encounter with Evergreen of Kilkenny.
It’s unclear whether or not team manger Darren Hurd will hand his skipper, and one of the side’s most experienced players a starting role on Sunday in the Showgrounds, but regardless of whether or not he will play from the start or come off the bench Conboy is a vital cog in the Boyle Celtic wheel.
The injury which Lochlainn picked up prior to that dramatic last eight clash was a tough blow for him to take, when it happened just twenty four hours before kick-off he knew that his chances of being fit in time were slim.
The ankle injury has responded to treatment and now he’s hopeful of playing his part on Sunday after coming through two matches last week without any serious complications.
The recent international call up’s for Michael Corrigan and Niall Brennan to the Irish International Junior team is something that everybody at Boyle Celtic can take massive pride from, not least their team captain. Conboy feels it’s a great individual award as well as showing the levels that Boyle Celtic have reached in 2017 and he went on to add that there could be even more players from the North Roscommon club that could also be brought into the Irish set up in the coming weeks.
The Showgrounds will be a huge occasion and on a personal level Conboy is looking forward to leading out his teammates on Sunday. He feels that the Club have under achieved in competitions such as the Connacht Cup and now he is urging them to grasp Sunday’s opportunity with both hands. Conboy rightly knows that his team are in the FAI Junior Cup semi-finals on merit and is also acutely aware what the prize on offer is for whoever emerges victorious from the home of Sligo Rovers on Sunday afternoon.
Evergreen are a new opposition for Boyle, whereas Conboy and his team mates have through their management team accumulated a certain amount of information on the men from the Marble City they still will have to learn on their feet and will adopt to the challenges tactical and otherwise that will be place in front of them at the weekend. Evergreen are better known than Boyle and perhaps have a greater tradition but the element of surprise could be with Boyle and although they are underdogs he is still confident that they can spring another surprise on Sunday.
Sligo Rovers and Boyle Celtic have long and established links down throughout the years and it’s also fair to add that the League of Ireland Premier Division Club draw a large number of supporters from around the North Roscommon area. Even though there is a certain degree of regret that the match is not being played in Boyle, there is still huge expectation that the Showgrounds will lend itself to the occasion in a special way and there should be a serious crowd in attendance which in turn should help to generate a very special occasion.
Take a listen to the full interview with the Boyle Celtic Skipper Lochlainn Conboy.