Pádraig Amond

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Pádraig Amond
Padraig Amond.jpg
Amond after scoring for Shamrock Rovers in 2008
Personal information
Full name Pádraig Amond[1]
Date of birth (1988-04-15) 15 April 1988 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Carlow, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Newport County
Number 9
Youth career
1999–2006 Shamrock Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Shamrock Rovers 62 (15)
2007 Kildare County (loan) 13 (5)
2010 Sligo Rovers 27 (17)
2010–2012 Paços de Ferreira 17 (0)
2011–2012 Accrington Stanley (loan) 42 (7)
2012–2013 Accrington Stanley 36 (9)
2013–2015 Morecambe 82 (19)
2015–2016 Grimsby Town 40 (30)
2016–2017 Hartlepool United 50 (15)
2017– Newport County 43 (13)
National team
2008 Republic of Ireland U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:00, 06 May 2018 (UTC)

Pádraig Amond (born 15 April 1988) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a striker or a winger for Newport County.

He began his career in his native Ireland with Shamrock Rovers, progressing through the club's youth academy before making his first-team debut in 2006. In his first season, he helped the team achieve promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division. After a spell on loan to Kildare County, Amond established himself in the first-team and was named the club's Young Player of the Year in 2008. He joined Sligo Rovers in 2010, scoring 23 goals in his only season and winning both the League of Ireland Cup and the FAI Cup.

Amond signed for Portuguese club Paços de Ferreira in 2010 but never made a first-team start for the club and moved to English League Two club Accrington Stanley, initially on loan, after less than a year. He joined Morecambe in 2013, scoring 21 goals in all competitions during a two-year spell before being released, joining Grimsby Town. At Grimsby, he enjoyed the most prolific season of his career after scoring 30 league goals in the National League, as he helped Grimsby achieve promotion to the Football League after winning the 2016 National League play-off Final. He left the club after one season to join Hartlepool United but suffered relegation to the National League in 2017. He has represented Ireland at under-21 level, winning four caps in 2008.

Career[edit]

Shamrock Rovers[edit]

Amond joined Shamrock Rovers in 1999, at the age of 10,[3] and progressed through the schoolboy ranks of the club.[4] He represented the club in the Milk Cup in both 2003 and 2004, assisting the team in reaching the quarter finals the first year. He scored the Hoops' first goal of the tournament in 2003 in a 3–1 defeat of Israeli team Maccabi Haifa in the junior-section match at The Warren, Portstewart.

He was part of the team that were champions of the League of Ireland First Division in the 2006 season, being promoted to the League of Ireland Premier Division.[5] He was promoted to the senior squad at the start of the season, making his League of Ireland debut as a substitute against Athlone Town on 16 March 2006.[6] He scored his only goal against Finn Harps in September 2006.[7] He made ten appearances, eight from the bench, for the whole season.[8] Amond also represented his native county of Carlow at hurling In 2005, he led the team to victory in the All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship and,[9] the following year, he played at minor (under-18) level, reaching the Leinster final at Croke Park. He had long resisted advice from coaches to focus on football but eventually gave up hurling following the final.[3]

Amond joined Kildare County on a season long loan for the 2007 season.[10] He scored twice on 8 April 2007 in what was Kildare County's first victory of the season in the 2–2 draw against Wexford Youths, he got their first within 4 minutes after goalkeeper Shane Dunphy fumbled a Gary Walsh corner-kick leaving Amond to shoot from close range; in the 90th minute Amond scored an equalising penalty.[11][12] He became the first opposition player to score at Athlone Town's new stadium at Lissywollen in the League of Ireland First Division on 16 April 2007, in a 2–0 away win.[13] His final goal while on his loan spell came on 27 April 2007 against Kilkenny City.[14][15] He scored five goals for Kildare before being recalled by Shamrock Rovers.[16]

Following his return, Amond scored Shamrock Rovers' 4000th league goal in a 4–0 win over Galway United on 14 September 2007.[17] He made six league appearances in the 2007 season along with an appearance in the 2007 League of Ireland Cup.[18] He scored his first goal of the 2008 season on 18 April[19] and followed it with another three weeks later.[20] On 8 June 2008, he scored the first goal of the 2–1 victory against Sligo Rovers in the third round of the 2008 FAI Cup.[21] Amond finished as Shamrock Rovers' top goalscorer with 9 league goals in the 2008 season and won the club's Young Player of the Year award.[22][23]

Amond made his first appearance for the 2009 season on 3 April, in the 5th match of the season, during the 2–2 stalemate against Drogheda United.[24] On 10 May 2009, he scored the first two goals within 4 minutes, in a 3–0 win against Sligo Rovers.[25] His final league goal for the club came on 2 October 2009 with the winner in the 1–0 victory over Bohemians.[26] He made twenty league appearances and scored four goals in the 2009 season.[27]

Sligo Rovers[edit]

In December 2009, he signed for Sligo Rovers.[28] Amond played in the 2009–10 Setanta Sports Cup, scoring the 3rd goal in the 86th minute on his competitive debut for Sligo, in a 3–0 win over Cliftonville.[29] He also played in both legs of the semi-final against St Patrick's Athletic, where they lost 6–2 on aggregate.[30][31]

Amond played 3 matches as part of the team that won the 2010 FAI Cup.[32][33][34] He also played 3 matches and scored 5 goals as part of the team that won the final of the 2010 League of Ireland Cup, including a brace in a 6–0 victory over Ulster Senior League team Letterkenny Rovers in the 2nd Round of the cup on 11 May 2010.[35] On 1 June 2010, he scored Sligo's 4th goal in a 4–1 victory over St Patrick's Athletic shooting past their keeper Dan Connor to confirm a place in the last four.[36] On 17 August 2010, Amond continued his goal scoring run with a brace in a 2–1 victory against his former club Shamrock Rovers in the semi-finals.[37]

Paços de Ferreira[edit]

Amond was subject of a bid from Portuguese Primeira Liga club Paços de Ferreira in August 2010, which was rejected by Sligo Rovers.[38] However, in September 2010 the club made an improved offer, which Sligo accepted and Amond signed on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[39][40] He made his debut as a substitute in a home match against Braga on 19 September, helping his team haul back a two-goal deficit to draw the match 2–2.[41] He also made one appearance in the 2010–11 Taça de Portugal, he came on as a sub in the 87th minute during the 3–1 victory against São João de Vêr.[42] On 10 November 2010, he made his second start and scored his first goal for Paços de Ferreira against Leixões in the Portuguese League Cup.[43]

Amond made a total of 17 league appearances for Pacos, but with all of them coming from the substitutes bench it meant that the forward played just under 300 minutes in total.[44] In his final appearance for the club, he set up his team's equaliser in a 3–3 draw away to F.C. Porto.[45][46]

Accrington Stanley[edit]

On 26 August 2011, Amond signed for English League Two club Accrington Stanley on a season-long loan deal.[47] Prior to signing, he had spent a week on trial with League One club Sheffield Wednesday.[48][49] Amond scored his first goal for Accrington in a 3–2 Football League Trophy win against Carlisle United when he came off the bench in the 70th minute and scored an equaliser 4 minutes from time.[50] During his ninth appearance, he scored his first league goal for the club, an equaliser to make it a 2–2 draw at Plymouth Argyle, a 67th-minute header from a corner at close range.[51]

After a successful loan spell the previous season, on 13 August 2012, Amond signed a one-year deal with Accrington Stanley.[52] He scored his first goal of the 2012–13 campaign in the 2–0 win at home to Port Vale on 21 August 2012, a penalty kick in the 43rd minute after his strike partner Karl Sheppard was brought down by the Vale keeper.[53] Amond had been struggling with groin, abductor and hip problems since January 2013, which limited him to brief substitute appearances from the bench until the beginning of April.[54]

Morecambe[edit]

After leaving Accrington Stanley, Amond went on trial with Morecambe; he signed for Morecambe on 1 August 2013, on a free transfer after a successful trial period.[55] On 31 August 2013 Amond scored his first goal for Morecambe in the 2–1 win against Plymouth Argyle, a left footed volley from 15 yards out past Luke McCormick seven minutes from time to give the Shrimps their first win over Argyle in the Football League.[56] On 5 October 2013, he scored the winning goal as Morecambe came back from 3–0 down, when with only 6 minutes to go Amond headed home from the centre of the box Sampson's left-wing cross, which flashed past visiting keeper Tommy Lee to beat league leaders Chesterfield 4–3 at the Globe Arena.[57] Amond won Morecambe's Golden Boot award for the 2013–14 season, he finished their top goal-scorer with 11 goals in all competitions.[58]

Amond scored on the opening day of the 2014–15 season in a 3–0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge. Fellow striker Jack Sampson was brought down in the box, Amond then dispatched the penalty kick to put them 2–0 up on 54 minutes.[59] On 2 September 2014, Amond scored twice in the first round of the Football League Trophy. He scored an equaliser in the 28th minute and made it 3–1 eight minutes from time when he tapped in from close range after Chris Maxwell had saved Jack Sampson's close range effort.[60] On 11 April 2015, Amond's 8th and final league goal of the campaign came in the 3–1 win over Portsmouth in the 92nd minute, he leapt upon a loose ball to score from 18 yards.[61]

In May 2015, after the end of the 2014–15 season, Amond was released by Morecambe.[62]

Grimsby Town[edit]

On 1 July 2015, Amond signed for National League club Grimsby Town on a one-year contract.[63] Grimsby fended off interest from League of Ireland Premier Division champions Dundalk, NIFL Premiership club Linfield as well as a number of English clubs in League Two to sign Amond.[64][65] On 8 August 2015, he scored a debut opening goal for Grimsby in the 43rd minute during a 2–2 draw against Kidderminster Harriers.[66] Amond scored a brace in a 4–1 home win against Bromley, scoring the opener just on 3 minutes when Nathan Arnold chested a cross into the path of Amond who finished past the keeper into the bottom corner; he scored the 3rd goal of the match on 25 minutes, Arnold's cross was headed back goalwards by Josh Gowling at the far post and Amond volleyed into the roof of the net.[67] On 13 October 2015, Amond netted his first hat-trick in English football and finished with 4 goals in a 7–0 victory against F.C. Halifax Town.[68]

On 24 October 2015, Amond scored two goals in a 4–1 win against National League North team Harrogate Town in the fourth round qualifier of the FA Cup. His first came on 34 minutes when Conor Townsend beat three defenders, breaking into the box and playing the ball across for Amond to drive home; he scored the 4th goal for Grimsby in the 71st minute when substitute Jon-Paul Pittman played a one-two with Amond who found space in the box and side-footed home; the two goals were his very first goals in any FA Cup competition.[69] Amond came off the bench to score twice in the first round of the FA Cup against National League South team St Albans City, after replacing his usual strike partner Omar Bogle in the 43rd minute due to an injury; he scored the 2nd goal of the match in the 45th minute latching onto a header back to the goalkeeper, he scored his 2nd and the 5th goal in the 93rd minute, a header from the left side of the box.[70]

Amond played in Grimsby's 3–1 victory over Forest Green Rovers in the 2016 National League play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, seeing Grimsby promoted to League Two after a six-year absence from the Football League.[71][72] His efforts over the season earned him a place in the 2015–16 National League team of the year and saw him named Grimsby's Player of the Year.[73][74]

Hartlepool United[edit]

Amond was offered a one-year extension with Grimsby following promotion but, on 20 June 2016, he signed for League Two Hartlepool United on a two-year contract.[75][76] He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the 2016–17 season in a 1–1 draw with Colchester United,[77] scoring his first goal in his fourth appearance during a 3–3 draw with Crewe Alexandra on 16 August 2016.[78] He went on to finish the season as the club's top goalscorer,[79] with 14 goals in all competitions, including a brace against his former team Grimsby during a 3–0 victory on 1 October 2016.[80] Hartlepool suffered relegation from the Football League on the final day of the 2016–17 season.[81]

On the first day of pre-season training the following season, Amond placed a transfer request which was denied and he was informed by the club that he would not be allowed to leave.[82] Hartlepool also rejected an offer from League Two club Newport County and verbally offered Amond a new contract,[83] although no official deal was ever offered to him.[82] Amond played in all four of Hartlepool's opening matches in the National League, scoring a penalty during a 2–1 defeat to Maidstone United,[84] but was accused by manager Craig Harrison of making himself unavailable for selection for a match against Bromley on 19 August in an attempt to force a transfer away from the club. Amond refuted the claims, stating that he had never refused to play and that the situation had left him "hating football".[83] Hartlepool decided to back down from their previous stance regarding a transfer and manager Harrison placed a phone call to Newport manager Michael Flynn to offer a move for Amond.[85]

Newport County[edit]

On 23 August 2017, Amond signed for League Two club Newport County on a two-year deal, with the option of a third,[82] for an undisclosed fee.[86] Newport manager Flynn stated that Amond had been a "key target" during the summer transfer window.[85] He made his debut on 26 August 2017 in a League Two match against Chesterfield, scoring the fourth goal in a 4–1 win.[87]

International career[edit]

He earned his first cap for the Republic of Ireland U21 team against Austria on 19 August 2008.[88] He made his second appearance for the team in Bulgaria and his first start against Portugal.[89][90] He earned his fourth cap in October 2008 in Lithuania.[91]

Personal life[edit]

Amond also writes articles as a sport columnist for the Republic of Ireland newspaper based in his native county of Carlow, the Carlow Nationalist.[65][92]

Amond is a National Citizen Service (NCS) Ambassador for the 2016/17 season, joining 40 footballers from across the country in pledging their support for the youth empowerment scheme.[93]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 14 October 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shamrock Rovers 2006[8] League of Ireland First Division 9 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 14 1
2007[18] League of Ireland Premier Division 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 1
2008[22] League of Ireland Premier Division 27 9 2 1 1 0 0 0 30 10
2009[27] League of Ireland Premier Division 20 4 1 0 3 1 0 0 24 5
Total 62 15 6 1 7 1 0 0 75 17
Kildare County (loan) 2007[3] League of Ireland First Division 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 5
Total 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 5
Sligo Rovers 2010[44] League of Ireland Premier Division 27 17 3 0 3 5 3[c] 1 36 23
Total 27 17 3 0 3 5 3 1 36 23
Paços de Ferreira 2010–11[44] Primeira Liga 17 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 20 1
Total 17 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 20 1
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2011–12[94] League Two 42 7 1 0 0 0 2[d] 1 45 8
Accrington Stanley 2012–13[95] League Two 36 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 39 9
Total 78 16 4 0 0 0 2 1 84 17
Morecambe 2013–14[96] League Two 45 11 1 0 2 0 1[d] 0 49 11
2014–15[97] League Two 37 8 1 0 1 0 2[d] 2 41 10
Total 82 19 2 0 3 0 3 2 90 21
Grimsby Town 2015–16[98] National League 40 30 4 4 6[e] 3 50 37
Total 40 30 4 4 6 3 50 37
Hartlepool United 2016–17[99] League Two 46 14 2 0 1 0 0 0 49 14
2017–18[100] National League 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Total 50 15 2 0 1 0 0 0 53 15
Newport County 2017–18[100] League Two 10 6 0 0 0 0 2[d] 0 12 6
Career total 379 123 22 5 16 7 16 7 433 141
  1. ^ Cup competitions include the FAI Cup, FA Cup and Taça de Portugal
  2. ^ League Cup competitions include the League of Ireland Cup, League Cup and Taça da Liga
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in the Setanta Sports Cup
  4. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in the EFL Trophy
  5. ^ Three appearances and two goals in the FA Trophy, three appearances and one goal in the National League play-offs

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Shamrock Rovers

Sligo Rovers

Paços de Ferreira

Grimsby Town

Individual[edit]

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