Overseas soccer stars in good form
IT HAS been a very good week for some of Wicklow’s overseas soccer stars after last weekend’s fixtures.
Paul McShane scored the opening goal of the game of Hull’s 2-2 draw with Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield before being taken off midway through the first-half with a suspected concussion.
After his withdrawal the match completely changed as after Bernard Mendy was switched to right-back to cover for the Kilpedder man, Liverpool fought back with two Steven Gerrard goals to deny Hull.
Speaking about McShane, Hull manager Phil Brown said: ‘He got a knock. I don’t know if he was concussed when he scored. He couldn’t see and he got booked for the tackle on Steven Gerrard.
‘For the safety of the game I took him off.’
Elsewhere, in the Championship, Newtown man Paul Heffernan scored the opening goal for Doncaster Rovers in their tie against Ipswich Town but his side were reduced to ten men and struggled to hold off their opposition’s challenge before fellow Irishman Alan Lee broke Heffernan’s heart with a last minute winner.
Sheffield Wednesday’s James O’Connor played the full 90 minutes as his side played out a disappointing 0-0 draw with Bristol City.
Not so good for Wicklow’s two other exports, Barry Corr and Darren Randolph of Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic respectively, as Corr is still recovering from a troublesome shoulder injury while Randolph remains in limbo after his falling out at loan club Hereford United.