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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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BlueandTruesince82 added 10:38 - Jul 6
Garvan is better than Irish league surely?

brian_a_mul added 11:19 - Jul 6
You would imagine he would be better than this league.
He had some terrible injuries all the way through his career.

Was a very good player for Palace not so long ago but dropped down through the league and spent time at Colchester. With his age/ injury & fitness issues he would probably be a risky acquisition for league teams.

The Irish league is strong (top teams would be ~lower Championship level) and has an a route in to European football. Plus it is close to home for Owen and Shane Supple lives just around the corner :)
Best of Luck Owen.

Paddy39 added 11:30 - Jul 6
Nice to see Mick and other members of the Town staff taking in other games. You never know they might just unearth a real gem of a player.

shakytown added 11:31 - Jul 6
These teams probably tried to play non hoofball so the useless pack of morons we call management would have learned nothing. Mick the moron will be watching the Lions s v All blacks to set his tactics for the coming season. HOOOOOOOOOOOFFFFFFF.

Elmswell_Blue added 12:06 - Jul 6
Yawn at shakytown.

We have signed players who keep it on the floor and have our best footballing CB coming back after months of injury. Let's see shall we?

Mark added 12:20 - Jul 6
The Marquis link is interesting, as I think we need a striker who has scored a lot of league goals recently. Unfortunately none of our strikers have. In the last two years Pitman has scored 14 for us, Sears 13 for us, Garner 13 for Preston/Rangers, Moore 12 for Forest Green/Torquay, and McGoldrick 9 for us.

clive_baker added 13:32 - Jul 6
There's a big difference between scoring goals for a team flying in League 2 vs. a team that's not creating much in the Championship for long periods. Not saying he's not worth looking at but Pitman would clear up in League 2 too.

Spanishblueblood added 13:54 - Jul 6
Yawn at Pratmaticblue, head so far up MM's hoop, its unbelievable!

Elmswell_Blue added 14:20 - Jul 6
I find that offensive Spanish.

I have an open mind about how things might go this season. We MIGHT get the dross we saw last season but maybe it will be better. Who knows?

midastouch added 17:12 - Jul 6
On the subject of Ireland, Norwich are in for Murphy! :-(

markytitfc added 18:23 - Jul 6
Doesn't matter who we sign, we still have a shxx manager

cat added 19:48 - Jul 6
Pragmaticblue, that "open mind" line is not very 'matter of fact', and thus not really living up to your tag! I see it more as covering ones 'hoop' (lol). Everyone on here has an opinion on how they feel the season will pan out, so why not be honest (take a chance on them minuses) and get them out there. Practicing what I'm preaching, here's mine:-
MM has to hit the ground running, and will need to do so in a winning fashion, or at the very least an entertaining & offensive style of play to keep the 70%, (maybe around 60% now,) of disgruntled fans off his back.
I reckon a mid table finish will be at best, respectable, I believe we're to good to go down.
After what should be a positive start, hoofball, negative tactics & pedestrian play will resume - REASON = MM will stick with his favourites, (Skuse, Chambo and maybe Knudsen) and not forgetting the very long (yawn) 25years that MM's been playing this way, FACT!! So, let's face facts here, pass and move football is not really in there's or MM's capabilities, so from that point of view, why will it be any different????. The youth will again be overlooked with our Dino's reluctance to give them any kind of a sustainable run (some of them can hardly be classified as youths anymore!!) and last but not least, 'The Dino' hunting season should be commencing around October!! And I can't wait for that one!!!
So there you have it fella's, 'The Cat' sticking his head above the parapet and being honest and up front with you all, If however I am wrong, the consolation from my point will be that ITFC is probably on the up, or maybe a youth matures into the team!, and that's far more important than me being right!! So it's a WIN, WIN for me!!!

ITFC (F- troop) LOL

Elmswell_Blue added 22:28 - Jul 6
From you Shaky I will take that as a compliment! I must be in your shadow if you have the ability to judge someone's intellect on the basis of one measured comment.

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