After seven years in the League ofIreland, Kildare County FC folded after Saturday night’s 5-1 home defeat to Shelbourne.
Following the resignation of club secretary Pat McNally earlier in the week, manager Joe Somerville resigned on Friday as unrest among the players grew due to owed wages.
Indeed, the players only fulfilled Saturday’s fixture after some commitment was given in regard to monies owed to them.
The players are owed a total of €21,650 and PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness was in talks with them in the dressing room before the game with the team only emerging to warm up 10 minutes before kick-off. McGuinness is set to meet the FAI on their behalf today to ensure that the “prize money” of €6,000 due to the club for finishing bottom goes directly to the players.
Despite County’s collapse, their interim chairman, Declan Forde, believes League of Ireland football is viable in Kildare.
“The club was run on the night by the Kildare County supporters’ club. We carried the game through to finish off the fixture list on the request of the FAI,” explained Forde. “My position at the moment is that of interim chairman of Kildare County FC. But we don’t have a standing board of directors any longer. The club is gone. We won’t be competing in a play-off.”!
County’s resignation would now appear to leave the door open to Galway-based “A” Championship side Salthill Devon, who were due to play them in that play-off, to come into the league.
Meanwhile, Raffael Cretaro of Sligo Rovers has been named Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for October.
Cretaro scored five goals in as many league games which saw the Bit O’ Red ease their relegation fears with wins over St Patrick’s Athletic, Galway United, Bray Wanderers and Derry City and a draw against Dundalk. Those goals brought his tally for the season to 21 in all competitions.
Cretaro also played in Sligo’s 1-0 win over Waterford United which saw them progress to their first FAI Cup final in 15 years. They will face Sporting Fingal in the decider on November 22.
“October was a great month for the team, it could hardly have gone any better,” said the Soccer Writers’ man of the month. “Results and performances earlier in the season were not great but everyone gathered together and everyone did well when the pressure was on. It was not about who scored the goals but about keeping the club in the Premier Division.”
Elsewhere in the First Division, Shelbourne ensured second place and also home advantage in the play-off against Sporting Fingal with that 5-1 away win against a Kildare County.
Robbie Doyle scored and was sent off as Sporting Fingal resigned themselves to an away clash with Shels in tomorrow’s promotion play-off as they went down 3-2 at home to Athlone.
Waterford scored three times inside four minutes as they came from behind to beat the champions 3-2 at the UCD Bowl.
Finn Harps went down 2-0 at home to Monaghan.
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