Kenna Faced With Selection Issues

  • Fri, Aug 14, 2009 @ 10:04

For the first time this season, St Patrick's Athletic boss Jeff Kenna has too many players to choose from and that selection headache is one he is glad to have.

Since arriving at Richmond Park, the former Republic of Ireland international has not had much luck with his players picking up injuries and suspensions.

However, things have started to look up for The Super Saints following the return to fitness of players like Gary Dempsey, Alan Cawley, Mark Leech, Glen Fitzpatrick, and Mark Quigley.

Now Kenna must decide who to leave out of his starting line-up, which is a big plus for him ahead of their FAI Ford Cup clash with Monaghan United on Friday.

"It is fantastic (to have selection issues). It is a case now of players being disappointed about not being in the team rather than having to worry about when we get players back fit," said Kenna.

"So I welcome that, because from my perspective it makes it easier to pick a team and it's down to you, the tactics you use, the players you use, and you then reap the rewards or take the repercussions.

"Every manager wants to have a full playing squad fit and available for each match."

While Kenna concedes that the Premier Division title is out of reach for his team this year, he does view the FAI Ford Cup as a trophy that his players can win, if they play as well as he thinks they are capable of.

"I had a decent cup run last year with Galway, so I'll certainly be looking to progress with that," stated Kenna.

"It's a competition that the club hasn't won in a long time and I've been made aware of that. So we like any club in the country want to progress as far as possible and ultimately to win it.

"It will be very difficult, but we have a game on Friday and we will be going there and looking to win."

Next Fixture

Galway United / February 4th @ 7:00pm
Competition: Friendly
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium

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