Conor Kenna brings the curtain down on distinguished League of Ireland career

Thu, Nov 28 2019

Conor Kenna Credit: Larry McQuillan (ETPhotos)

League of Ireland stalwart Conor Kenna has brought an end to his League of Ireland career after a 17 year long career.

Conor signed for UCD in 2004, where went on to make 149 league appearances over the next five seasons and was made club captain for 2008 following the retirement of Tony McDonnell.

Following the club's relegation to the First Division at the end of 2008, and the departure of manager Pete Mahon, Conor moved to Drogheda United for the start of the 2009 season.

Conor was then an ever present in the St Pats defence in 2010, missing just 11 minutes of league action when he was replaced in the 80th minute of the 4-0 win against Bray Wanderers in April.

Kenna re-signed for the 2012 season and only missed four matches, playing twenty nine times as St Pats finished third in the league.

In 2013, Conor, again, only missed four games as this time St Pats went one better and won the league with Kenna as captain of the side.

In October 2013, he joined Shamrock Rovers from St Patrick's Athletic. Conor was made the captain of the side and played in twenty-eight league matches for Shamrock Rovers as they secured European football for another year with a fourth place finish in the 2014 Premier Division.

Kenna stayed with Rovers for the 2015 season and went on to make twenty-eight league appearances, scoring once in a 4-1 win over Limerick, as Shamrock Rovers finished third in the Premier Division.

He also played in both of the club's Europa League matches against Odds as Rovers went out to the Norwegian side.

In December 2015, Conor moved to Bray Wanderers. He captained the Seagulls through their 2016 Premier Division campaign and made 31 league appearances, scoring once, in a 1-0 win over Finn Harps in July.

He continued to play for the Seagulls until the end of 2018 when the club were relegated to the First Division.

“Well that’s it, it’s time to officially hang the boots up. I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved in the LOI from the club’s supporters to all the staff I've worked under and most importantly the volunteers, there is too many to mention

“It's been a privilege for the last 16 years to play alongside and against top players. I'll continue to respect the effort and dedication that is put into the league from every angle, keep up the good work.

“Finally, I’d like to thank my wife (going to all them weddings without me) and my family for putting up with me through the highs and lows it can't have been easy. Now to see what the future holds off the pitch.”

Kenna concluded his League of Ireland career with Longford Town, with his final appearance coming against Cabinteely in the playoffs.