Cillian Sheridan

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Cillian Sheridan
Cillian Sheridan.jpg
Sheridan with CSKA Sofia in 2010
Personal information
Full name Cillian Sheridan
Date of birth (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Bailieborough, County Cavan, Ireland
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
APOEL
Number 9
Youth career
Bailieborough Celtic
0000–2006 Belvedere
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Celtic 14 (4)
2009 Motherwell (loan) 13 (2)
2009–2010 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 13 (0)
2010 St. Johnstone (loan) 16 (6)
2010–2012 CSKA Sofia 19 (4)
2011–2012 St. Johnstone (loan) 28 (4)
2012–2013 Kilmarnock 26 (9)
2013– APOEL 26 (5)
National team
2009–2010 Republic of Ireland U21 10 (2)
2010– Republic of Ireland 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 August 2010

Cillian Sheridan (born 23 February 1989) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for APOEL[2] in the Cypriot First Division, as a striker. He has previously played for Celtic, Motherwell, St Johnstone, Plymouth Argyle, CSKA Sofia and Kilmarnock. Sheridan has represented the Republic of Ireland at international level. Having featured several times for the under-21 team, he made his senior debut against Paraguay in 2010.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Bailieborough, County Cavan, he grew up playing Gaelic football for Bailieborough Shamrocks.[3] He began playing the association code with Bailieborough Celtic before travelling to Dublin to play for Belvedere, where he received call-ups for Irish youth squads.[3][4][5] During his time at Belvedere, Sheridan chose to focus on his football career, having turned down an offer to join Australian rules club Brisbane Lions.[3][6][7] He had trials with several clubs before being offered a contract by Scottish Premier League club Celtic, which he accepted.[5][6]

Celtic[edit]

After joining Celtic in the summer of 2006, while simultaneously studying to achieve a diploma for Applied Osmography at Strathclyde University, Sheridan was promoted to the reserve team and then the first team squad during his first season at the club, a "spectacular rise" according to coach Joe McBride.[8]

He made his first team debut for Celtic in the Scottish Cup against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 25 February 2007. He set up Kenny Miller for the winning goal in the 92nd minute and signed a new three-year contract with the club two days later.[9] Sheridan made his European debut on 21 October 2008, coming on as a sub for Scott McDonald in Celtic's Champions League game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.[10] He also started in the return game at Parkhead on 5 November 2008 in a 1–1 draw.[11] Just four days after his European debut, Sheridan made his first Celtic start against Hibernian. Celtic won 4–2 with Sheridan scoring their second goal in the 36th minute.[12]

Loan moves[edit]

Cillian playing for Motherwell in May 2009

On 2 February 2009 Sheridan signed for Motherwell on loan until the end of the season and was given the number 9 shirt, previously worn by Chris Porter, who had signed for Derby County the previous day.[13] Sheridan made his debut on 7 February 2009, coming on as a second half substitute in a 1–1 draw with St Mirren in the Scottish Cup.[14] He made his first start and league debut a week later on Valentine's Day in Motherwell's 1–0 win over Hamilton, playing the entire 90 minutes as his strike partner David Clarkson scored the only goal of the game.[15] Sheridan scored his first league goal for The Well a fortnight later, the winning goal in a 2–1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[16][17] His only other goal for Motherwell came near the end of the season in a 3–0 win over Hamilton.[16]

On 13 August 2009, Sheridan joined Plymouth Argyle on a six month loan deal.[18] He played 14 times for the Championship team but failed to find the net.[19]

Sheridan completed his loan spell at Plymouth and returned to Celtic on 14 January 2010. Later the same day Sheridan was again loaned out, this time to St. Johnstone for the rest of the season.[20] On 17 February 2010, Sheridan scored two goals in St. Johnstone's 5–1 win against Hibernian.[21] On 30 March 2010 he scored the opening goal for St Johnstone in a 4–1 win over Rangers.[22]

CSKA Sofia[edit]

Sheridan signed a three year contract with Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia on 13 August 2010.[23] Sheridan made his debut in the 2–2 draw against League of Wales side The New Saints; CSKA won 5–2 on aggregate.[24] He scored his first goal for the club in their 3–1 away win against Sliven.[25] On 25 September, Sheridan scored twice in a 2–0 win against Montana.[26] Changes of management, however, made it difficult for Sheridan to settle in Bulgaria.[27] He was loaned to St. Johnstone for the 2011–12 season and, after CSKA experienced financial problems, Sheridan agreed to leave the club in August 2012.[28]

St. Johnstone (loan)[edit]

On 7 June 2011, Sheridan appeared in a reserve match for American side Seattle Sounders FC.[29] Sheridan started the game and scored in the 7th minute of a 2–0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[30] Following his spell with Seattle, Sheridan went on trial with their major rivals Portland Timbers, appearing for their reserve team.[31][32] On 8 July, Sheridan joined SPL club Hibernian on trial,[27] but instead decided to join St. Johnstone on a loan deal until January 2012.[33] He made his second St. Johnstone debut on 23 July against Aberdeen.[34] Sheridan scored four goals in 15 appearances before he was prevented from playing by a hamstring injury.[35] St. Johnstone and CSKA Sofia agreed to extend the loan deal in January 2012, that will last until the end of the season.[36]

Kilmarnock[edit]

After being released by CSKA Sofia, Sheridan signed a two year contract with Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock on 6 September 2012.[37] Sheridan made his debut in a 2–1 loss against Hibernian on 15 September 2012 and seven days later on 22 September 2012, he scored his first goal when he opened the scoring in a 3–1 win over St. Mirren.[38] The following week, he scored a hat trick at Tynecastle in 3–1 victory over Hearts. After the match, team-mate Manuel Pascali compared Sheridan comparison to former Kilmarnock striker Conor Sammon[39] On 17 October 2012, Sheridan scored against his former club Celtic in a 2–0 win at Parkhead.[40] Sheridan continued his goalscoring form into the second half of the season, but then suffered a hamstring injury which ruled him out for several weeks.[41] During Sheridan's injury absence Kilmarnock signed Kris Boyd, and even after recovering from injury, Sheridan struggled to regain his first team place.[42] Instead, he would come on as a substitute without scoring, often playing out of position.

APOEL[edit]

On 20 June 2013, Sheridan signed a one-year contract, with the option of a further season with APOEL from Cyprus.[2] He made his official debut on 17 August 2013 against Apollon Limassol in the Cypriot Super Cup final, in a match which APOEL won 1–0 and lifted the trophy.[43][44] He scored his first official goal for APOEL on 7 December 2013, in his team's 2–0 away win against Ethnikos Achna for the Cypriot First Division.[45] On 8 January 2014, he scored the only goal in APOEL's 1–0 home victory against AEL Limassol for that season's Cypriot Cup.[46] On 5 February 2014, he gave his team the three important points after scoring the winning goal against Anorthosis in APOEL's 2–1 away win.[47] On 29 March 2014, after an amazing solo effort he scored the second goal of the match against Apollon Limassol, in APOEL's 3–0 home win for the Cypriot First Division play-offs.[48] On 21 May 2014, Sheridan scored APOEL's second goal in the Cypriot Cup final against Ermis Aradippou and helped his team to lift the trophy after a 2–0 win.[49][50] On 31 May 2014, Sheridan gave APOEL their 23rd Cypriot First Division title after scoring the only goal in the title decider match against AEL Limassol.[51][52]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 31 May 2014[53][54]
Club Season League Cup League Cup[nb 1] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celtic 2006–07 1 0 1 0 2 0
2007–08 1 0 1 0
2008–09 12 4 1 0 3 0 16 4
Total 14 4 1 0 1 0 3 0 19 4
Motherwell
(loan)
2008–09 13 2 2 0 15 2
Total 13 2 2 0 15 2
Plymouth Argyle
(loan)
2009–10 13 0 1 0 14 0
Total 13 0 1 0 14 0
St Johnstone
(loan)
2009–10 16 6 1 0 1 0 18 6
CSKA Sofia 2010–11 16 4 3 2 7 1 26 7
St Johnstone
(loan)
2011–12 28 4 2 1 2 0 32 5
Total 44 10 3 1 3 0 50 11
CSKA Sofia 2012–13 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 19 4 3 2 8 1 30 7
Kilmarnock 2012–13 25 9 3 1 0 0 28 10
Total 25 9 3 1 0 0 28 10
APOEL 2013–14 26 5 7 4 1 0 5 0 39 9
Total 26 5 7 4 1 0 5 0 39 9
Career Total 154 34 20 8 5 0 16 1 195 43

International career[edit]

Sheridan has been capped 10 times for the Republic of Ireland under-21 team.

On 25 May 2010, Sheridan won his first cap for the Republic of Ireland in a 2–1 win against Paraguay at the RDS Arena.[55]

Honours[edit]

Celtic
CSKA Sofia
APOEL

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes Cypriot Super Cup matches.

References[edit]

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