Carn will head for Killygordon this Saturday evening, safe in the knowledge that a win over hosts Red Hugh’s will be enough to keep them in Division 3 next season.
Defeat however, would condemn the Carn men to relegation to Division 4 for next season, which would be a disaster for a team that only twelve months ago, lost out narrowly to Buncrana in a promotion playoff.
Speaking to the Inishowen Independent earlier in the week, Carn boss John Gibbons pulled no punches when speaking about the enormity of the game for his club. “We have simply not been good enough this season and we are in this relegation playoff for that reason, but we have a chance to put that right on Saturday and I have full belief that we will. Failure to win on Saturday would be a disaster as Division 4, with so many Inishowen teams in it, can be very difficult to get out of” said the Carn boss.
Carn have been badly hit all season with injuries and the dreaded emigration but the boss was in no mood for making excuses. “There was one time this season when we could count 20 Senior players who were unavailable for one reason or another, but we realise it is the same at the majority of clubs in Donegal so we just have to get on with it. Obviously the players we are missing will be a loss but it is a great opportunity for other boys to step up and hopefully get us over the line on Saturday,” said Gibbons.
With the likes of Cathal O Kane, Gerard Crossan and Conor McCormick all unavailable it will be a tough task for the Carn men, but if they can win on Saturday they will be hoping to rebuild again in Division 3 nest season.