Stephen Maher

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Stephen Maher
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Personal information
Full name Stephen John Maher
Date of birth (1988-03-03) 3 March 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Drogheda United
Number 13
Youth career
1995–2002 Home Farm
2002–2003 Cherry Orchard
2003–2004 Shelbourne
2004–2005 Dublin City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 Dublin City 0 (0)
2006–2008 Yeovil Town 7 (0)
2007 Shamrock Rovers (loan) 2 (0)
2008–2009 Salisbury City 3 (0)
2009 St Patrick's Athletic 20 (0)
2010–2011 Dundalk 43 (1)
2012 Monaghan United[1] 13 (1)
2012 Dundalk 8 (1)
2013 St Patrick's Athletic 8 (1)
2014- Drogheda United 0 (0)
National team
Republic of Ireland U18
2008 Republic of Ireland U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:27, 6 March 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:00, 6 April 2010

Stephen Maher (born 3 March 1988 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish professional footballer who currently plays for Drogheda United in the League of Ireland. A former Republic of Ireland U21 international, Maher is a box-to-box central midfielder who has also played at right-back and on the right side of midfield.

Club career[edit]

Maher spent time at Home Farm, Cherry Orchard, Shelbourne and Dublin City, where he first tasted the League of Ireland experience, featuring a number of times on the bench towards the end of the season as they eventually secured promotion from the First Division. Having had the opportunity to stay on for the Premier Division campaign, Maher had trials at Portsmouth and Reading.

In June 2006, he signed his first professional contract when penning a two-year deal with English League One club Yeovil Town.[2] The following January, he made his debut against Nottingham Forest, as a late substitute at the City Ground.[3] Shortly after, he had a two-month loan spell at Shamrock Rovers. After exploring the possibility of leaving Huish Park, Maher returned to the first team in March 2008. However, having been influential in their final games of the season, he was surprisingly released.[4]

After trials at various clubs, Maher joined Conference side Salisbury City for a short spell in November 2008. In early 2009, he agreed a move to League of Ireland club St Patrick's Athletic, going on to enjoy a fine UEFA Europa League run as they defeated Valletta (Malta) - the opening leg seeing Maher pick up the Man of the Match award - and Krylia Sovetov (Russia) before bowing out to Steaua Bucharest (Romania).

In February 2010, he moved to Dundalk and, having been deployed as a right-back with the Saints, he reverted to his preferred midfield role at Oriel Park. He was a key figure in Dundalk’s rise to the top of the league in the early months of the season. However, Europe took its toll on the side and Maher, and at the end of July he was sidelined with osteitis pubis. That was not before earning the Man of the Match award following an outstanding performance as captain - aged just 22 - against Levski Sofia (Bulgaria) in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League tie. Dundalk had defeated Grevenmacher (Luxembourg) in the opening round.

He returned towards the end of the season but, having earned a new contract, his injury nightmare persisted throughout 2011. With a change of manager at the club, Maher left and signed for Monaghan United ahead of the 2012 season. However, having found full fitness, Monaghan announced on 18 June that they would be withdrawing from the league, leaving 24-year-old Maher as a free agent.[5]

A brief return to Dundalk until the end of the season was next for Maher before he signed for another of his old clubs, St Patrick's Athletic for the 2013 season, on 5th March 2013. [6] In September 2014 while on as a substitute against Derry City Maher suffered a broken leg which forced him to miss the rest of the season.

On 12th March 2014 he signed for Robbie Horgan and Drogheda United. He made his debut two days later coming on as a second-half substitute against Bohemians.

International career[edit]

At international level, Maher was capped at U18 level against Hungary before making his U21 debut in the Inter Continental Cup in Malaysia in 2008, playing against Malaysia, Australia and Nigeria.[7] He was also called up to the U23 squad in October 2010 but was forced to pull out due to injury.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All Monaghan United players' statistics for the 2012 season were expunged after Monaghan withdrew from the league mid-season.
  2. ^ "Irish Youth Midfielder Signs Up". Ciderspace. 6 June 2006. 
  3. ^ "Nottingham Forest 1-0 Yeovil Town". BBC Sport. 13 January 2007. 
  4. ^ "Schofield completes Yeovil switch". BBC Sport. 1 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Monaghan United withdraw from league". extratime.ie. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  6. ^ http://stpatsfc.com/news.php?id=5355#.UTsM-pEgGK1
  7. ^ "Ireland U21 3-1 Malaysia U21". RTÉ Sport. 15 May 2008. 

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