St Nick's stalwart Kieran McEnery is loving life in goal for Cork Boston

St Nick's stalwart Kieran McEnery is loving life in goal for Cork Boston
Nemo Rangers forward Conor Horgan swivels and shoots to the net past St Nick's keeper Kieran McEnery. Picture: Des Barry

FORMER St Nick’s goalkeeper Kieran McEnery has been appointed to the management team of the Cork Boston Intermediate footballers ahead of this year’s campaign.

The Cork man has enjoyed much success since he made the move to Boston.

He helped the Cork Boston Intermediate football team win the Boston Intermediate football championship title last summer.

The Cork Boston footballers defeated Shannon Blues after extra-time on a final scoreline of 2-17 to 1-15.

“It was a great performance. It was great to get the win following such a close game.

“It meant a lot to the club, players and management team. It was a super feeling to be crowned champions.”

The Intermediate club football final was played in Canton. The Cork Boston footballers were on last following a plethora of club football finals in the Irish Cultural Centre.

“There was a decent crowd for a Saturday evening game. As our game was played last following a series of final clashes, the weather had cooled considerably.

“The atmosphere was very good. The pitch was in good condition. The facilities are very good in Canton. There is a pub and plenty of seating in a stand on either side of field.”

He enjoyed a very strong club career with St Nick’s, where he established a strong reputation as a very good and solid goalkeeper.

He was named the goalkeeper on the 2012 Reardens Football team of the Year following a series of great displays that season.

“I felt I had a decent season overall. One of my better games came in the final which I was pleased with. I was one of two nominated players who played two grades for the club which gave me the chance to play at midfield for the junior team also.”

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The standard of club football in Boston greatly pleased the Cork GAA enthusiast who was pleased to play his part in their championship triumph.

“The football championship was played at a good standard.

“There are some very good young footballers playing in Boston, with a good few on the Cork Boston team. It is a shame there are only three teams in the grade. Two of those teams were closely aligned. They both shared one win apiece before the final and even then it took extra-time to separate the two teams.”

He is delighted he joined Cork Boston upon his arrival in the USA. It has presented him with the opportunity to continue playing the sport he loves.

“Boston is a great city especially being a big sports fan, you always have a big team to follow all year round. There is also a big Irish culture outside the GAA here. I joined Cork Boston GAA Club through a colleague in work who was a part of the club and he convinced me to come along.

“He knew me from my time in Cork. I played against his brother at home in the Cork senior championship on a few occasions.”

Cork Boston’s recent success in the Intermediate championship represented the third successive season the club have captured championship honours following successive titles at junior level prior to this season.

“They have the right approach. They are a great club with great people involved working behind the scenes. They have the right approach.

“They work hard and they enjoy it as a team.

“There is a core of people that give a lot to the club and they are always working to improve it. It’s great to have a club with history and a group of people who play for the club like at home.

“It was great to win the title with four other Cork players involved. There is a different approach to the senior teams out in Boston, who spend big money to bring most of their team over.”

He has great memories of his club career with his beloved St Nick’s. The goalkeeper played his part in helping their senior team avoid relegation on numerous occasions in recent seasons.

“They are a great club. I played senior football with St Nick’s since 2010. I played underage the whole way up to U21 level in both hurling and football. I have many great memories. There are great players and club people involved. The last few years for the footballers was a struggle.

“Our main priority was keeping the club at senior level. There were some tight relegation battles which we always ended up on the right side of thankfully. We always had a very good team.

“It is tough, however, with the challenges of a dual club.

“Throughout the year, I always follow with great interest the fortunes of Cork GAA, St Nick’s and the Glen Rovers as I still know a lot of their players.”

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