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Newtown man Boyle takes the reins at Strathroy Harps

FORMER player Benny Boyle has been appointed the new manager of Strathroy Harps.

Boyle, who won every honour in the game as a player with Harps, takes over from Kevin Sloan, who stood down due to personal circumstances and his own concerns around the committment needed for the job.

Before Covid restrictions brought the season to a shuddering halt, Harps had made a disappointing start to the season by going down heavily to NFC Kesh and Magheraveely in their opening two games. In those games three times Mercer League winners and twice Junior Cup champions Harps conceded 10 goals while drawing a blank at the other end.

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Boyle admits he has a major rebuilding job on his hands but insists he’s never been one to sherk a challenge.

“I’ve always relished a challenge,” said the Newtown native.

“When I joined Harps as a player I faced a major challenge in establishing myself in a very good team and I never looked back.

“I want to grasp this challenge in the same way and see where it takes us. Granted we have a lot less quality in the team compared to the recent past. In many respects our downfall is that we have been a victim of our success.

“At the height of that success a player from 10 parishes couldn’t have got into that team. The one exception was probably Sean McCrory.”

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