McCarthy and Staff Watch Friendly in Dublin
Thursday, 6th Jul 2017 09:46
Town boss Mick McCarthy and members of his staff were at Richmond Park in Dublin last night to watch League of Ireland Premier Division St Patrick’s Athletic beat Scottish Premiership Hearts 1-0 in a pre-season friendly.
McCarthy was joined by assistant Terry Connor, goalkeeper-coach Malcolm Webster and head of performance analysis Will Stevenson.
The Town squad are currently at the Carton House Hotel in Co Kildare for their annual training camp and McCarthy usually takes in at least one match while the Blues are in Ireland.
JJ Lunney scored the only goal of the game for the home side, who featured ex-Town man Owen Garvan in their midfield.
Christophe Berra, who left the Blues at the end of the season, was in the Hearts squad along with ex-loanee Conor Sammon and Kyle Lafferty, who recently joined the Edinburgh side having been linked with Town following his release by Norwich.
Also in action for Hearts was 20-year-old defender Jordan McGhee, who was interesting Town in the summer of 2015, however, a player who plays as a right-sided centre-back or right-back would appear to be an unlikely target for the Blues at the present time.
Meanwhile, Doncaster Rovers striker John Marquis, who was linked with the Blues and a number of other clubs in April, has turned down a new contract at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The 25-year-old’s name has been mentioned in connection with the Blues on social media on a number of occasions more recently but it appears purely speculatively. Rovers boss Darren Ferguson says his club are yet to receive an offer for the former Millwall striker, who netted 26 goals last season.
St Patrick’s Athletic: Murphy, Barker, Bermingham, Byrne, G Kelly, Fagan, Brennan, Lunney, Feely, Garvan, Balk. Subs: O'Malley, Desmond, Markey, C Kelly, Grogan, Dennehy, O'Brien, Keena, J O'Hanlon, A O'Hanlon.
Hearts: Noring (Hamilton, 46), Brandon (M Smith 46), Grzelak (Smith-Brown 46 (Beith, 73)), Petkov, McGhee, Berra (Hughes 46), Martin (Cowie 46), Nowak (Cochrane 46), Stockton (Lafferty 73), Sammon (Isma 46), Currie (Walker 46). Unused: Henderson.
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