Donnelly makes Drogheda debut

Published 10/11/2015 | 00:00

The Curracloe United club was in the rare position, if not unique for a Wexford outfit, of supplying two past players of recent vintage to Premier Division outfits in the recently-completed SSE Airtricity League.

The exploits of Kevin O'Connor have been very well documented since he signed for Cork City (see above left), but the progress made by Liam Donnelly slipped under the radar somewhat.

The 25-year-old is a gym instructor based in DCU, and he made the substitutes' bench for Drogheda United's last six games as a Premier Division team. And while he was unused on the first four occasions, he made his debut in the last four minutes against Longford Town and then played for the concluding twelve minutes in the 5-3 loss to Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght.

As a result, Donnelly - whose sister, Clara, captained Wexford to All-Ireland Junior ladies' football glory last year - will be going in the opposite direction to yet another Curracloe United old boy, Craig McCabe, who is looking forward to a first-ever season in the top flight with Wexford Youths in 2016.

And Shane Keegan's side will be joined there by old adversaries Finn Harps after their 2-0 home win over Limerick in the promotion/relegation play-off on Friday. That result saw them overturn a 1-0 loss down south four nights earlier, and it means the full Premier Division line-up for 2016 will be: Bohemians, Bray Wanderers, Cork City, Derry City, Dundalk, Finn Harps, Galway United, Longford Town, St. Patrick's Athletic, Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers, Wexford Youths.

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