Kear­ney owes it to his mum

Hayes & Yead­ing star­let thank­ful for mother’s sac­ri­fices

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

The teenage striker, who signed a new con­tract with United back in May, scored his sixth goal of pre­sea­son in Sat­ur­day morn­ing’s 3-0 friendly win over Did­cot Town on the 3G at Bea­cons­field Road.

This lat­est step­ping stone to what he hopes will be a pro­fes­sional deal one day would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sac­ri­fices made by his mum Jen­nifer.

Born in Lim­er­ick, Kear­ney first came over to Eng­land with mum when he was five, but re­turned to the Emer­ald Isle aged 10, quickly es­tab­lish­ing him­self as a force at both Gaelic foot­ball and hurl­ing.

How­ever, know­ing foot­ball was where her son’s sport­ing heart re­ally lay, mum brought him back to Eng­land in his early teens to pur­sue his dreams.

“I was do­ing re­ally well in Gaelic foot­ball and hurl­ing, play­ing for the county in the U18s when I was only 13,” said Kear­ney.

“But my mum knew foot­ball was my real pas­sion and that I had a bet­ter chance of get­ting some­where with it in Eng­land.

“So I do owe my mum. Nei­ther her or my dad have ever been able to bring me to foot­ball and I have al­ways had to do it by my­self, but my mum made that big de­ci­sion when we were in Ire­land to sac­ri­fice her life.

“She might have had a bet­ter life in Ire­land, but she thought of me and hope­fully I can re­pay her.”

His pre-sea­son ex­ploits added to 31 youth team goals last term, not to men­tion his dou­ble from off the bench in the fi­nal game of last sea­son at Gosport, sug­gest he has more than started the jour­ney of pay­ing the debt.

Kear­ney was more than happy with his lat­est fin­ish, but with a first XI shirt to se­cure for the start of the South­ern Premier cam­paign next month, was just as con­cerned with the several oth­ers that got away.

“I love a vol­ley and it just sat up nicely again for me,” he added. “I could eas­ily have had another one at least and I get re­ally an­gry when I don’t score the goals I should be­cause they get you in the man­ager’s head more.

“I would have taken this goal tally be­fore pre-sea­son started, but I know I can get more. It just comes down to get­ting played. I be­lieve in my­self in front of goal at any level.”

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