“If you’re good enough, you’re old enough” is an adage so clichéd that it has almost fallen out of use in footballing circles – the point is now translated through actions rather than words as clubs across the League of Ireland turn to youth on the pitch to help keep books balanced off it. And goalkeeper Michael Lynch is another protege hoping to make the jump sooner rather than later.
The Derry-born Donegal native was part of the Finn Harps u19 side that finished bottom of the Elite Division last season. He only arrived at Finn Park in December 2012, delayed by the fact he could not register for the club until he turned 16. Upon signing, he became first choice in Shaun McGowan’s side for the rest of the campaign.
Ultimately, he was unable to prevent the Harps from dropping into the Northern Division for 2013/14 and the young goalkeeper departed the club in June to re-join the side he had initially signed from, Kildrum Tigers.
Now, with the Tigers’ Ulster Senior League (USL) campaign drawing to a close, Lynch is on the lookout for a new club and has been using the hashtag #FindMichaelAClub on Twitter – and preferably, the focussed youngster wants a return to the League of Ireland as soon as possible.
“I couldn't go another season without playing at the sort of standard of the League of Ireland and that would also answer the question about the Ulster Senior League – there’s too much long ball tactics in that league for me, I just think,” he told loi19.com honestly.
“I did enjoy my time with Harps overall, the standard of the Elite Division is second to none so how could you not enjoy it? And being in the first-team squad a few times was amazing, too – the staff and management [at the club] are a great bunch of people.”
Continue reading my interview with Michael Lynch on loi19.com.