Billy Dennehy in action for Limerick FC
BILLY Dennehy finds himself nursing a broken hand this week along with the disappointment of Limerick FCs relegation to the First Division of the SSE Airtricity League.
Thirty one-year-old Dennehy, twice a Premier Division League winner with Shamrock Rovers, was experiencing relegation in the League of Ireland for the first time in his decorated career on Friday as the Blues succumbed 3-0 on aggregate to Finn Harps.
Dennehy said: “I felt going into the last game that we really deserved to stay up, but that is sport sometimes you don't get what you deserve and we are very disappointed, not only for ourselves, but for the club, the supporters.
“Personally, I have been through it all in the game, I've won leagues and cups and now I have been relegated. It is not a nice feeling. Unfortunately, sport gives you these things sometimes and it is about how you react to them.
“In Ballybofey in the first leg of the relegation play-off against Finn Harps, we felt we were the better team. We created a couple of really good chances in the first game. We took confidence into the second leg.
“But at the Markets Field we didn't get near those levels that we had played at on the Monday. That is probably the most disappointing thing, that we didn't give the same performance in front of the home supporters.”
Asked about his playing plans for 2019, versatile winger and full-back Dennehy revealed: “At the minute I am nursing a broken hand because I broke my hand in the first leg in Ballybofey after about 15 minutes. I fractured my third metacarpal.
“I went to the hospital on Wednesday and they said it was broken. They wanted to put a cast on it then, but I wanted to play in the second leg, so I didn't get the cast until after the game on Friday night.
“I will be in a cast for a few weeks. That is going to slow me down for a few weeks. With regards to next season, I really haven't thought about it yet. We are only a few days after the game. I am still analysing the game last Friday and the season.
“What the future holds, I really don't know. I am sure I will talk to Tommy (Barrett) in the next short while. I will take my time and think about it. There is still self reflection to do on the year just gone. I will consider next season after that.”
Dennehy says he has seen enough quality from Limerick’s young players this season to suggest there the Blues have the nucleus of a competitive squad for the 2019 First Division.
“The First Division is by no means an easy league, especially when you have clubs like Shelbourne, Galway, teams like that who are investing to get back up. There is no doubt it is a difficult league to get out of.
“Limerick are absolutely capable of coming back up. It will probably come down to the personnel that will be involved. You look at Finn Harps the other day, they didn't have too many young players in their side, they had a lot of experienced lads.
“I am not really too sure what the story is going to be at Limerick, but if they can hold on to a lot of these younger players, then I am sure they can build something sustainable for the future and to get where they deserve to be.
“It’s a good club, with good people involved who have given everything to the club.
“I think Limerick will be back in the future definitely. Limerick deserve to be in the Premier Division. Last Friday night's support at the Markets Field showed its potential.”