GLENVILLE’S pre-season training may not start until next week, but for manager Wayne Kelly, the summer has provided no break from football as he has been working tirelessly to prepare his team for their season in the top-tier of the Leinster Senior League.
It is something he said with a laugh during our chat on his side’s promotion clinching season which ended a couple of weeks ago and their preparations for life in unchartered territory for many associated with a club only established in 1997.
“It’s been non-stop for me since the season ended,” said Kelly.
“It’s great though, and certainly a different situation to be in when you’re recruiting players and your able to offer the highest level in the LSL.
“It’s a fantastic situation the club has got itself into and everyone on the pitch and behind the scenes should be immensely proud.”
The last time GazetteSport spoke to Kelly, his side had just beaten Greystones 1-0 and had six games remaining to secure promotion. They then lost to Broadford a couple of days later before going on to draw 0-0 with St Mochta’s which halted their celebrations as league winners for a couple of days.
Another draw against Belgrove followed that before a 1-0 win over close rivals against St Francis set up a penultimate day game against Sacred Heart in which a win would secure promotion.
“The Broadford game really woke us up I think. They had nothing to play for and we were not at the races at all.
“We then drew with Mochta’s, which was always going to be a tough game, they were just about champions but we could not lose.
“We got the results and a few more and set up the game against Sacred Heart which we won 1-0, with Shane Kiely grabbing the goal.
“That was special as Shane is one of five players that have been at the club between seven to ten years, so to reward those lads for their loyalty with top-tier football is really special.”
With preseason less than a week away, Kelly was asked if he had any particular targets for the club’s first season in the echelon on amateur football in Ireland.
“Obviously to be still in the league at this time next year,” he said.
“But to just survive, but compete. To get a good position in the league, get a feel for it, and maybe a cup along the way, that would be a success.”