Leaving Cert has to be main focus

Manager Enda Lyons discusses tactics with Hughie Clinton, Noel Lyons and Joe Cox during halftime last Saturday's clash in McHale Park. Photo by Willie Donnellan
The recent controversy over the unavilability of the County Minor players has been described by Enda Lyons as a lot of noise from outside the group.

The recent controversy over the unavilability of the County Minor players has been described by Enda Lyons as a lot of noise from outside the group.

Stressing that the first concern had to be for players doing the Leaving Cert, Enda said “We have had 16 fellows doing exams for the past few weeks. I’d have to ask why the Connacht Championship couldn’t be played before the Leaving Cert? Like it is in Munster or Ulster. Their Leaving Certificate is probably the most important exam these young players will ever do and it has to be their main focus.

“It is noise from our point of view. Obviously it is not ideal to have the club championship during the Leaving Cert and the key thing has to be the Leaving Certificate for these young players. To play a championship match during the Leaving Certificate is crazy - what if a player broke an arm or wrist, I’m sure that would leave a very sour taste

“All I can focus on is our match on Saturday and we can’t worry about stuff that is outside our control.”