Malin Gaelic footballer and Glengad United soccer player Matthew Byrne has been selected to play for the Irish junior International team in a quadrangular tournament in Limerick.
For any soccer player to be selected to play at International level and have the opportunity to represent your country is the ultimate achievement.
The one catch however is that the tournament is scheduled to take place on the same weekend that the Malin Senior footballers are in action in the biggest game in the club’s history when they take on Killybegs in the Donegal Senior Campionship semi-final.
When interviewed by the Inishowen Independent the player expressed his relief that he will not have to make the horrible decision of whether to play for his country or to play for his club in the biggest game in their history. “The tournament will be played over three day’s from the Thursday to the Saturday and the semi-final for the club is on the Sunday. “Although it is not ideal to have to play four games in four day’s I am just relieved that I don’t have to make a decision as both the tournament and the semi-final with Malin will mean an awful lot to me.”
The player will travel up from Limerick on the Saturday night and will take his place in the Malin side on the Sunday afternoon and obviously he is hoping for a double success that weekend, “The ideal scenario would be that we can win the tournament in Limerick and then get through the semi-final with the club on the Sunday.”
The Moville Community College teacher will be a busy man over that weekend but he wouldn’t have it any other way, “To get the chance to play for my country and to line out for my club side in a County semi final in the one weekend is a dream come true and hopefully we can get the job done now with both sides.”