Shane O'Connor (footballer)

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Shane O'Connor
Personal information
Full name Shane O'Connor
Date of birth (1990-04-14) 14 April 1990 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Cork, Ireland[1]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Left back
Winger
Club information
Current team
Cobh Ramblers
Youth career
Wilton United[2]
2006–2009 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Ipswich Town 17 (0)
2011–2012 Port Vale (loan) 0 (0)
2012 Cork City 7 (0)
2012 Shamrock Rovers 4 (0)
2013 Limerick 11 (0)
2014 Cobh Ramblers 0 (0)
National team
Republic of Ireland U17
Republic of Ireland U19
2011 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Shane O'Connor (born 14 April 1990) is an Irish footballer defender who currently plays for Cobh Ramblers.

A graduate of the Liverpool F.C. Academy, he signed professionally with Ipswich Town in July 2009. He joined Port Vale on a six-week loan spell in November 2011, though did not make a first team appearance. He left Ipswich in January 2012, and subsequently signed with his hometown club Cork City. He left Cork City in July 2012 and signed for Shamrock Rovers. He has represented Ireland at U17, U19, and U21 levels.

Playing career[edit]

O'Connor started his playing career at the Liverpool Academy as a sixteen-year-old, after being spotted playing football for Irish amateur side Rockmount A.F.C.[3] He started playing regularly for the under-18 side in the early 2008–09 Premier Academy League season. In July 2009, after a short trial O'Connor signed a one-year deal with Championship side Ipswich Town, who were managed by his boyhood hero, Roy Keane.[4][5] O'Connor made his debut for Ipswich in the League Cup away against Shrewsbury Town, replacing Jack Ainsley as a substitute at half-time; the "Tractor Boys" went on to win the match on penalties following a 3–3 draw.[6] He made his first league start for Ipswich on 20 February, in a 1–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. He played a further eleven league games for Ipswich in 2009–10; he impressed in midfield against Cardiff City,[7] though gave away a penalty in a draw at home to Doncaster Rovers.[8] At the end of the campaign he was handed a new two-year deal, which he eventually signed.[9] However experienced player Mark Kennedy was also signed for a £75,000 fee, and was expected to battle O'Connor for the left-back spot.[10]

He appeared in five of the club's first six games of 2010–11, but was then dropped from the first team after suffering from a torn hamstring on international duty,[11][12] and did not play again until a three game spell in December. He set up Jason Scotland for Ipswich's third in a 3–0 win over Leicester City at Portman Road on 18 December.[13] However he ruptured and dislocated his shoulder joint,[14] and so did not appear again until 25 January, in a 3–0 League Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.[15] This was his last contribution to the campaign, and he was not selected again under Paul Jewell's stewardship.

At the start of the 2011–12 season, he rejected a six-month loan deal at Crawley Town.[16] However he did not feature for Ipswich, and so in November 2011, he joined Crawley's League Two rivals Port Vale on loan.[17] He saw the loan as an opportunity to win a permanent contract away from Portman Road.[18] He played a number of reserve games,[19] but never made a matchday squad at Vale Park before his loan spell ended in January. He then had a trial with Southend United, also of League Two,[20] before leaving Ipswich Town by mutual consent on 20 January.[21]

He was linked with a move into Irish football, as both Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers expressed an interest in acquiring his services.[22] He was revealed as a Cork City player on 2 February 2012.[23] He made only five league appearances for the "Leesiders". He went on trial at Crawley Town in July 2012.[24] O'Connor signed for Shamrock Rovers on 31 July.[25] He made his competitive debut for Rovers in the final of the 2012 Leinster Senior Cup, which ended in a 1–0 win over St Patrick's CY.[26] He made his League of Ireland debut against Bohemian the following week,[27] and made a total of five appearances for the "Hoops".

International career[edit]

He made his debut appearance for the Republic of Ireland national under-21 team on 26 March 2011, in what ended as a 2–1 defeat to Portugal at the Estádio Municipal de Águeda; he was replaced by Ipswich teammate Conor Hourihane at half-time.[28] He previously appeared for the under-17 and under-19 side.[1]

Statistics[edit]

As of 11 April 2013.
Season Club Division League National Cup League Cup Other[29] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009–10[30] Ipswich Town Championship 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2010–11[31] 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 9 0
2011–12[32] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[32] Port Vale (loan) League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 17 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 22 0
2012 Cork City Premier Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2012 Shamrock Rovers Premier Division 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Total 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Career total 20 0 1 0 5 0 1 0 27 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Profile". itfc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Shane O'Connor". Green Scene. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Shaw, Steve (3 December 2011). "O'Connor is Keane to pass on credit for his career". The Sentinel. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Shane to sign deal". itfc.co.uk. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Ipswich complete O'Connor signing". BBC Sport. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Shrewsbury 3–3 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Ipswich 2 - 0 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ipswich 1 - 1 Doncaster". BBC Sport. 17 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Defender Shane O'Connor signs new Ipswich Town deal". BBC Sport. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Ipswich close on Cardiff City defender Mark Kennedy". BBC Sport. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Ipswich Town trio handed fitness boost". BBC Sport. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ipswich boss Roy Keane lining up Premier League loan". BBC Sport. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Ipswich 3 - 0 Leicester". BBC Sport. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Ipswich Town dealt Brian Murphy and Shane O'Connor blow". BBC Sport. 24 December 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Arsenal 3 - 0 Ipswich (agg 3 - 1)". BBC Sport. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "Paul Jewell has 'fierce' Ipswich Town drive". BBC Sport. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Port Vale sign three players on loan ahead of deadline". BBC Sport. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  18. ^ "Port Vale: O'Connor out to impress potential suitors". The Sentinel. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  19. ^ Questier, Joe (13 December 2011). "Reserves Host Burton". port-vale.co.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Ipswich Town's Shane O'Connor joins Southend United on trial". BBC Sport. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Ipswich Town cancel Shane O'Connor contract". BBC Sport. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  22. ^ "Dundalk step up their pursuit of Shane O’Connor". thescore.ie. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  23. ^ Buckley, Eanna (2 February 2012). "Shane O’Connor Signs for City, Sullivan & Murphy Re-sign". corkcityfc.net. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  24. ^ "Crawley eyeing former Ipswich defender". talksport.co.uk. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  25. ^ "Rovers add defender Shane O'Connor to their squad". rte.ie. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  26. ^ "Rovers 1:0 St Patricks CY". shamrockrovers.ie. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  27. ^ [1]
  28. ^ "Late goals shade it for Portugal U21s". The Football Association of Ireland. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  29. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
  30. ^ "Games played by Shane O'Connor in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Shane O'Connor in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  32. ^ a b "Games played by Shane O'Connor in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 

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