SPARE a thought for Strabane man Kieran McGinley and his wife Joanne!
While most parents at this time of the year are contemplating putting their feet up, the North Tyrone couple are running from pillar to post watching and transporting their football crazy children to training and games. This week Sean and Aoibheann McGinley have been taking part in the Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup with Sion Swifts and next week older siblings Ronan and Niall will represent Tyrone at the SuperCupNI.
Ronan will be making his debut with the county’s Juniors while Niall with be making his third appearance as a member of David Harvey’s senior squad.
It’s been a hectic time but Niall, who plays for Finn Harps under-17s, said there was a real sense of excitement in the McGinley household with just days to go until kick-off.
That said having a player in each team has caused a bit of headache for Kieran and Joanne on the opening day.
“The Juniors play Plymouth Argyle in Limavady at 3.30pm and the Premier team kick-off against Beijing Morning Star at 5pm in Ballymena,” explained Niall, who two years ago played against Liverpool at the Ballymena Showgrounds.
“I think mum and dad plan to watch a half each.
“We are all looking forward to next week. It’s always a great experience playing against some of the best young players in the world and teams of a different style. Hopefully both teams can do well.”
The Premier team completed their warm-up matches with defeat at Coagh United on Saturday but prior to that had won six friendly games on the trot.
Niall feels team preparations have gone extremely well.
The midfield playmaker believes there is a strong bond in the camp, fitness levels are good and that players have excelled during enjoyable training sessions.
“Our first two games are against teams from China and Chile. They will bring a different style of football and hopefully we can do well against them,” he added.
“Preparations have been really good and things have come together nicely for us. At this stage all the U17 players are looking forward to getting stuck in. Personally I can’t wait and I know Ronan feels the same.”
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