Alex O'Hanlon

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Alex O'Hanlon
Personal information
Full name Alexander O'Hanlon
Date of birth (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Blanchardstown, County Dublin, Ireland
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shelbourne [1]
Number 5
Youth career
2003–2011 St Kevin's Boys
2011–2016 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Liverpool 0 (0)
2017 St Patrick's Athletic 17 (2)
2018 Glentoran 11 (1)
2018– Shelbourne 0 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Republic of Ireland U17 5 (0)
2013–2016 Republic of Ireland U19 11 (1)
2017 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:10, 18 December 2018 (UTC)

Alex O'Hanlon (born 24 April 1996) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Shelbourne in the League of Ireland First Division.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

A native of Blanchardstown, County Dublin, O'Hanlon played with top Dublin youth football clubs St Kevin's Boys, the club that produced Republic of Ireland internationals Liam Brady, Damien Duff, Stephen Carr, Ian Harte, Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick among others. O'Hanlon excelled at underage level playing at left back and in May 2011, at the age of 15, he was snapped up by Premier League club Liverpool, despite interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid, with comparisons in playing style being made with Wales international Gareth Bale.[2][3] After playing at left-back, O'Hanlon moved into midfield and his performances in the centre midfield earned him his first professional contract at the end of the 2012–13 season. He followed that up with seven goals in 28 games in 2013–14 season, helping him break into Alex Inglethorpe's U21s setup. O'Hanlon made 5 appearances in his side's 2014–15 UEFA Youth League campaign.[4] During his time as first team manager, Brendan Rodgers included him in his first team squad for Premier League games against Swansea City and Newcastle United.[5] In March 2016, first team manager Jürgen Klopp included him in the first team squad on their training camp in La Manga Club, Spain.[5] In April 2016, O'Hanlon was offered a new contract with the club but opted to turn down the offer as he looked elsewhere for first team football. During this spell he went on trial with Sheffield Wednesday in search of a contract[6][7] After he left Liverpool, he went of trial at Huddersfield Town, where he strangely went on to play over 10 games as a trialist and still didn't sign a full professional contract with the club.[8]

St Patrick's Athletic[edit]

O'Hanlon returned home to Dublin and signed for League of Ireland Premier Division side St Patrick's Athletic on 9 January a 2-year contract ahead of the 2017 season, alongside Barry Murphy and Kurtis Byrne.[9][10][11][12][13] On 31 January 2017 O'Hanlon made his Pats debut away to Bray Wanderers in the Leinster Senior Cup, scoring the fourth goal in a 4–0 win for the Saints at the Carlisle Grounds.[14][15] He began the season alternating between left wing and attacking midfield roles, impressing Pats supporters and media in the Dublin derby wins over Shamrock Rovers[16] and Bohemians. [17] On 17 April, O'Hanlon scored a penalty in a 5–3 shootout win over Bray Wanderers in the League Cup following a 0–0 draw after extra time.[18] O'Hanlon scored his first league goal at senior level on 16 June 2017 when he opened the scoring in a 3–1 Dublin derby defeat at home to Bohemians.[19] In the months after that, with the team struggling in a relegation battle, O'Hanlon lost his place in the starting 11 and was limited to the occasional substitute appearance. He scored his third goal of the season against Firhouse Clover amongst an experimental lineup in a 2–1 Leinster Senior Cup Quarter-final win, looping a shot over the goalkeeper from 25 yards.[20]

Glentoran[edit]

Despite having another year left on his contract with Pat’s, O’Hanlon and the club came to the decision to terminate his contract by mutual consent after he failed to nail down a spot in the starting team or even the bench in the second half of the season. He went on trial with newly promoted Waterford for pre-season, playing in a friendly vs Wexford but he was not offered a contract by the club. On 31 January 2018, O'Hanlon signed for Belfast club Glentoran, of the NIFL Premiership. [21]

On 17 July 2018, O'Hanlon played for Grimsby Town on trial in their pre-season game with Sunderland.[22]

International career[edit]

O'Hanlon has played international football for the Republic of Ireland all the way up from Under 15s level to Under 21s.[23] He made his Under 21 debut on 11 February 2017 against the Ireland Amateurs squad.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Professional appearances – correct as of 1 February 2018.[25]

Club Division Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool Premier League 2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
St Patrick's Athletic League of Ireland Premier Division 2017 17 2 0 0 3 0 3[a] 2 23 4
Glentoran NIFL Premiership 2017–18 3 1 1 0 0 0 4 1
Career Total 20 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 3 2 27 5
  1. ^ Appearances in Leinster Senior Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gallagher, Aaron. "Former Liverpool midfielder Alex O'Hanlon agrees deal to join Shelbourne". The42. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  2. ^ Pearce, James (19 May 2011). "Liverpool FC beat Man Utd to signature of Irish teenager Alex O'Hanlon". liverpoolecho.co.uk. Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Liverpool sign Irish teen dubbed the new Gareth Bale - JOE.ie". joe.ie. Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Alex O'Hanlan". www.uefa.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Don't join top English clubs, O'Hanlon tells Irish hopefuls - Independent.ie". independent.ie. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Liverpool U21 Midfielder Alex O'Hanlon Set To Leave At The End Of The Season". thenextgencopites. Archived from the original on 3 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Former Man Utd target set for Liverpool exit: Midfielder set for transfer scramble". dailystar.co.uk. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  8. ^ Thomson, Doug (19 September 2016). "Huddersfield Town give trial to former Liverpool player". examiner.co.uk. Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Club News : Saints Sign Barry Murphy, Alex O'hanlon & Kurtis Byrne". www.stpatsfc.com. Archived from the original on 28 June 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  10. ^ "From Anfield to Inchicore for Alex - Herald.ie". herald.ie. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  11. ^ "St Pat's add former Liverpool prospect to their squad ahead of 2017 season - Independent.ie". independent.ie. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  12. ^ Dollery, Paul. "Former Liverpool youngster one of three significant additions for St Pat's". the42.ie. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Irish football news: St Patrick's Athletic sign former Liverpool youth Alex O'Hanlon - Goal.com". www.goal.com. Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Bray Wanderers (0) - St Patrick's Athletic (4)". stpatsfc.com. Archived from the original on 18 September 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Extratime.ie - Live Updates - 2017 Leinster Senior Cup Fourth Round - Bray Wanderers -v- St. Patrick's Athletic". www.extratime.ie. Archived from the original on 15 August 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Extratime.ie - Live Updates - 2017 League of Ireland Premier Division - St. Patrick's Athletic -v- Shamrock Rovers". www.extratime.ie. Archived from the original on 17 September 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Extratime.ie - Live Updates - 2017 League of Ireland Premier Division - Bohemians -v- St. Patrick's Athletic". www.extratime.ie. Archived from the original on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Extratime.ie - Live Updates - 2017 League Cup Second Round - St. Patrick's Athletic -v- Bray Wanderers". www.extratime.ie. Archived from the original on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Extratime.ie - Live Updates - 2017 League of Ireland Premier Division - St. Patrick's Athletic -v- Bohemians". www.extratime.ie. Archived from the original on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Club News : Result: Saints 2 - Firhouse 1". stpatsfc.com. Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Welcome Alex - Glentoran FC". www.glentoran.com. Archived from the original on 1 February 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  22. ^ "How Grimsby Town's trialists fared against Sunderland". 18 July 2018. Archived from the original on 18 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018 – via www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk.
  23. ^ "In Depth: Liverpool Under-21 midfielder Alex O'Hanlon". thenextgencopites. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  24. ^ "Ireland U21s Home-based squad draw with Irish Amateurs - Football Association of Ireland". www.fai.ie. Archived from the original on 12 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  25. ^ "Republic of Ireland – A. O'Hanlon". Soccerway. Archived from the original on 13 July 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.

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