Matt flies Sligo flag with Ireland
Key player for under 21 team at the Showgrounds
Published 10/09/2013 | 05:40
There was a special Sligo flavour to the Irish under 21 team who took on Germany in a crucial international fixture at the Showgrounds yesterday.
For one of the key players in the Republic of Ireland squad, Dublin-born Matt Doherty, hails from a well-known Sligo family.
His father, Tom, is a native of Chapel Street, where the family ran a corner shop for many years, while his uncle, Mick, lives in Cliffoney and is heavily involved in the local youth soccer team, Benbulben FC.
One of seven sisters in the family, Kay, lives in Tubbercurry and her son, Colm McGee, is a well known Sligo GAA footballer.
"We're a sports-mad family and are avid fans of Sligo Rovers.
"It's a great thrill to see Matt playing for Ireland at the Showgrounds", explains the player's uncle, Mick.
Matt actually had a trial with Sligo Rovers a few years ago but eventually signed for Bohs in his native Dublin where he was spotted by Wolves.
"He played for Wolves in the Premiership and for Hibs in a Scottish Cup final.
"Now he's established a place on the Irish Under 21 team so we're all very proud of him
"He inherited his love for soccer from his Sligo roots so it's extra special that he should end up playing for Ireland at the Showgrounds
"He's a very talented and dedicated young lad and he deserves to do well in his career", says Mick.