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Thursday 26 April 2018

McCarthy makes his bow


Date of birth: Nov 12, 1990

Age: 20

Position: Midfield

Height: 5'9"

Weight: 11st 3lbs

Wigan Athletic: 2009-present, 43 app, 5 goals

Hamilton Academical: 2006-2009, apps 109, 15 goals

Rep of Ireland U17: 3 apps, 1 goal

Rep of Ireland U18: 2 apps, 1 goal

Rep of Ireland U19: 1 app, 0 goals

Rep of Ireland U21: 6 apps, 1 goal

Rep of Ireland: 2 app, 0 goals

Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year: 2009


83: Trapattoni sends him to warm up.

84: Watches on from the sideline as Keith Fahey takes a free-kick.

85: Waits for ball to go out of play as he prepares to go on.

87: McCarthy takes his final instructions.

87: He shakes hands with Robbie Keane (picture) and makes his competitive debut for Ireland.

88: First touch on edge of box - passes to Duff.

88: Calls for the ball from Whelan.

89: Puts in good challenge at edge of his own box.

90: Long passes to McCarthy, who passes to McGeady on the wing.

90: As it goes into injury time he gives away a free in a central area.

90+1: Passes to McGeady.

90+2: Strong in the middle of field, puts in tackle and wins the ball.


"I was delighted to make the debut but the most important thing was to get the three points and I thought all the boys were magnificent tonight and hopefully now we can kick on, being top of the group.

"They got a goal back but we still dug in and I thought it was a big team performance.

"I was a bit nervous on the bench and then the boss gave me the shout. To be honest I was delighted to just get on the pitch and get some game time under my belt.

"I just went on and tried to do what I do for my club and I'm just delighted to get the three points, and a few of my family came over and they will be happy as well and there is a few back home watching as well."

Marie Crowe

Sunday Indo Sport

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