With the biggest game of the Schoolboy season to date now only two days away the Club’s U12 Manager Nick Nally is busy making preparations which will hopefully see his side become the first Celtic team to reach quarter final stage of a National SFAI Cup.
Nick was in confident form this afternoon as he looked forward to Saturday’s game against Kingdom Boys from Tralee.
“With the ability we have in our team we go into every game quite confidently and if the lads play to the best of their ability they will be hard to beat and there is every chance that they will progress. At the start of the season, we set ourselves the target of reaching the last 32 of the National Cup”
“However, based on our participation in the Danone Cup and on our performances last season we felt that we could possibly go further in the competition”.
Nick attributed the success of the team -unbeaten this season in 15 competitive games to date, to the abundant natural talent in the squad, many months of hard work & committment, a tremdous attitude and a ‘never say die’ desire to win every game.
He paid a special tribute to the input of Mark Scanlon. “Mark has moulded this group of players from being a group of talented individuals into a cohesive and disciplined team thanks to his coaching ability and his knowledge of the game and his ability to pass this on.”
When asked if he had made any special plans for this game Nick chirped that he had painted the goals at Tully Park! He did make the point that the team has a match day routine regardless of the opposition or occasion. “This build-up to each games leaves the boys sharp and ready for every game.”
Nick added, “Obviously we are up against a top side in Kingdom Boys and we will have to be at our best if we are to beat them. That is quite certain.We have done some homework on them which we hope will assist us on Saturday.”
Last weekend Nick had a number of players down with flu but he is hopeful that he will have a full squad available for Saturday’s big game. “There was a bug going round the school and I was quite worried for a few days. I know that our U14’s could not field last weekend because of it. Thankfully it seems to have passed.”
Nick was keen not to point to any players in particular on whom he would rely on Saturday. “We will expect a big game from everyone on the field. Every member of the squad has contributed to getting the team to this stage and whoever is selected will need no motivation.”
Nick was also keen to acknowledge the role of his assistant Des Fitzgerald. “Des is an essential part of our management team and his contribution has been enormous.”
Nick would not even try to predict Saturday’s score. “I predict that it will be a good game. I predict that we will be well prepared and whatever happens we can all be proud of the entire squad this season.”