Sunday 20 January 2019

McDonnell has 'caught the eye' of McCarthy

FORMER Shelbourne youngster Adam McDonnell is already making an impression on Mick McCarthy at Ipswich Town.

The teenager moved to Portman Road from Shels before the transfer window closed earlier this month and while McDonnell has yet to make his debut for the Tractor Boys, he's already managed to catch the eye of first team boss McCarthy.

"He looks terrific," says McCarthy of McDonnell.

"Technically he's very, very good. He's 17 but he trained with the first team this week and caught the eye. You know when the players take to somebody and they've certainly done that."

An U17 international, McDonnell managed to work his way into the Shels first team this season. He made his league debut in a win over Waterford United in July and he was a lucky omen for the promotion-chasing Reds as the side were unbeaten in his seven league appearances.

McCarthy has been happy to scout for players in the League of Ireland before as the purchases of Stephen Ward and Matt Doherty from Bohemians while he was Wolves manager both turned out to be bargains.

He also brought Jack Doherty from Waterford United to Ipswich, though the forward has since returned to Ireland and is now with Limerick FC.

Finn Harps boss Ollie Horgan fears that home advantage will count for little when his side face up to non-league Avondale United in their FAI Cup quarter-final replay tonight.

"It is good to still be in the cup but Avondale won't be any easier to try to beat in Ballybofey," says Horgan.

"While Avondale aren't a league club, they would compete comfortably in the First Division and accumulate a substantial amount of points.

"They have loads of experience and play good football."

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