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Keane happy with Shane's winning start

ROY KEANE was pleased with Cork-born teenager Shane O'Connor as he helped Ipswich to a rare away win on his full debut for the Tractor Boys on Saturday, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Former Liverpool trainee O'Connor joined Ipswich last season after a successful trial and though he had to wait a few months for his league debut, it was worth the wait for Keane.

"Shane can be happy with his performance as well. He was excellent for us. He probably would have made his (league) debut for us earlier but he had a knee injury that put him out for a while," said Keane.

"He's had a good upbringing at Liverpool. You can tell that by the way he wasn't flustered when under pressure on the ball.

"It didn't work out for him there but that happens. You can get lost at big clubs. We've given him a year and he's learning all the time. He's a popular lad with the other players as well."

DUNDALK have signed former Ireland U21 cap JJ Melligan in time for the new League of Ireland season.

Dubliner Melligan is back in Ireland after a 12-year spell in England which saw him line out for Wolves, Cheltenham and Orient, but Dundalk boss Ian Foster has persuaded the former Home Farm man to link up with the Lilywhites.