Wednesday 21 February 2018

Sending-off caps season to forget for McGinty

Denmark U-21 0, Ireland U-21 0

Sean McGinty
Sean McGinty

John Fallon

IRELAND U-21 manager Noel King believes that Sean McGinty will have to learn the hard way after the ex-Manchester United defender was sent off in the friendly with Denmark in Fredericia.

The defender  compounded a disappointing season by seeing red five minutes into the second half for striking the ball against Denmark's Mathias Gehrt as he lay on the ground.

Alex Ferguson terminated McGinty's contract at United last month on disciplinary grounds when Tranmere Rovers called a halt to the 19-year-old's loan spell after he failed to show up for training.

"It was a moment of rashness from Sean," said King. "He was having an excellent match and we were capable of winning it at that point."

Instead of pushing on in search of the winner, the 10 men of Ireland were pegged back for the remainder of the game.

Denmark's slick attackers, who featured at the 2011 U-17 World Cup, created plenty of chances without overly troubling substitute goalkeeper Sean McDermott.

Ireland's best openings were carved out courtesy of some excellent deliveries from Watford's Sean Murray, who had an excellent game.

Ireland are next in action on August 14 when they kick off their 2015 UEFA U-21 Championship qualifying campaign with a visit to the Faroe Islands.

McGinty must wait to discover if he will be suspended for that match. His main priority, however, is to find himself a new club to resurrect a career that has already been eventful, not always for the right seasons.

IRELAND - A McCarey (Wolves); J Shaughnessy (Aberdeen), S Duffy (Everton) , A O'Connor (Blackburn Rovers), S McGinty (Unattached); M Doherty (Wolves), J O'Sullivan (Blackburn Rvs); S Murray (Watford), S Carruthers (Aston Villa), A Forde (Wolves); A O'Brien (Millwall). Subs: B McNamee (Derry City) for Forde, M Harriman (QPR) for Shaughnessy, S McDermott (Sandnes Ulf) for McCarey (all h-t), S Tidim (FC Hansa Rostock) for O'Brien (75), F Sutherland (QPR) for Murray (78), D Horgan (Cork City) for Carruthers (87).

Irish Independent

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