Friday 20 October 2017

A Shrewd move by Rush ace?

RUSH native David McAllister has put pen to paper on a two and a half year contract with Shrewsbury Town, signalling the end of his three-year stay with fellow League 1 club Sheffield United.

The former St Patrick's Athletic, Shelbourne and Drogheda United midfielder made 30 appearances for the Blades, scoring four goals, but failed to nail down a regular first-team place and had enjoyed a successful loan spell with Shrewsbury last season.

He returned to Sheffield last August and scored the winner on the opening day of the campaign - ironically, against the Shrews - but will now be concentrating on helping drag the Cheshire club away from relegation danger. McAllister played the full 90 minutes in last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United.

Reacting to the signing, his new manager Graham Turner said: 'I'm sure supporters appreciate his enthusiasm for the game, his endeavours on the pitch and they are also infectious. He's a very fit lad, so he's got the ingredients of a decent midfield player.'

Meanwhile, Portmarnock's new Yeovil Town signing Kevin Dawson has made an immediate impression, helping the club to an impressive League 1 victory over fellow promotion contenders Sheffield United, in front of a 20,000-plus crowd. The former Shelbourne ace made his debut as a sub in the mid-week 1-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern semifinal defeat at Leyton Orient, and then played the full 90 minutes at Bramall Lane on Saturday as Yeovil moved to within a point of the play-off places, just behind Shaun Williams' Milton Keynes Dons.

There was joy too for Kevin's elder brother Stephen, whose manager-less Barnsley side shocked neighbours Leeds United 2-0 to move off the bottom of the Championship. Elsewhere, fellow Portmarnock native Stephen Ward helped new Wolves manager Dean Saunders get off to a solid start as they held Blackburn Rovers to a 1-1 draw.