Leddy answers Ireland call-up in superb style
These are exciting times for promising Drogheda soccer player Michael Leddy after he made a wonderful start to his international career in Poland last week.
The 14-year-old St Joseph’s CBS student, from St Laurences Park, was part of Jason Donohue’s Republic of Ireland Under-15 squad who travelled to eastern Europe for two friendlies against their Polish counterparts.
And after making a substitute appearance in Tuesday’s match - a 1-0 win - Michael made his first-ever international start in Thursday’s second game and hit the ground running with two goals in the first half!
Michael was one of only four outfield players to stay on for the full 80 minutes, and although the Irish team lost that game 4-2 it was still a day to remember for the former Drogheda Boys forward, who now plays his club football with Shamrock Rovers.
Indeed, there must be every chance that Michael will play at a high level in the future as he has already had trials with Everton, Celtic and Manchester United!
Naturally, his family are very proud of his achievements, so much so that godfather Tommy O’Boyle got in touch with the Drogheda Independent to ensure that Michael gets the recognition he deserves.
‘He scored two goals and got the Man of the Match in his first full international,’ Tommy enthused.
‘His dad [Michael snr] wasn’t a bad footballer in his day and his uncle as well, but Michael is the first from the family to play for his country.
‘He’s going away now to play with Shamrock Rovers in a tournament in Finland, he was in Barcelona with them before and he’s going to play for them in the National [Under-15] League next season.
‘He was at Drogheda Boys for three seasons but needed to make a step up to get a bit further on and so Rory Kerr put in a word for him.
‘Michael is very laid ball and it’s unreal the way he takes everything in his stride.’