Irish Homegrown Talent

Yesterday' s football friendly international between Ireland and England was a long overdue fixture and an historic event.

The game finished one a piece and Ireland equipped themselves well at Wembley, including a stunning goal from former Cork City striker, Shane Long.

Long was not the only former League of Ireland player on show with Seamus Coleman, who set up Ireland's goal with a delightful cross, being a former Sligo Rovers man. Goalkeeper David Forde, formerly of Derry City, was also instrumental in the good result with some great saves in the second half.

On the bench we had former League of Ireland players; Meyler (Cork City), Hoolahan (Shelbourne), Sammon (UCD & Derry City), Delaney (St.Pats) and Quinn (St.Pats).

Of the 26 man squad there were 19 players that were born in Ireland.

This is good signs for Irish football and demonstrates that there is plenty of homegrown talent out there and Irish football should not be overlooked. There will be many more to make the trip across the water in the near future including some of our own clients and we wish them well over the coming months.

Whats more that is positive is that the likes of Wes Hoolahan and Conor Sammon illustrate that guys in their 20's playing in the League of Ireland can still find a club at a higher level in the UK and go on to win international caps.

Roll on the rest of the qualifiers and the League of Ireland season!

Patrick Conliffe

McHale Sports

30 May 2013