Ronan Curtis

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Ronan Curtis
Personal information
Full name Ronan Curtis
Date of birth (1996-03-29) 29 March 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth London, England [1][2]
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger / Striker
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
Number 11
Youth career
Kildrum Tigers
Swilly Rovers
2014–2015 Derry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Derry City 91 (18)
2018– Portsmouth 19 (7)
National team
2017–2018 Republic of Ireland U21 8 (1)
2018– Republic of Ireland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 December 2018

Ronan Curtis (born 29 March 1996) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as either a left winger or a striker for EFL League One club Portsmouth and the Republic of Ireland national football team.[3]

Club career[edit]

Derry City[edit]

Curtis moved to Derry City's academy in 2014, after playing for Kildrum Tigers and Swilly Rovers.[2][4] He made his senior debut for the club on 8 May 2015, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 home loss against Galway United.[5]

Curtis scored his first goal for Derry on 30 October 2015, netting his team's first in a 4–2 away loss against Longford Town.[6] On 25 November he signed a two-year contract extension,[7] and scored a brace in a 2–2 home draw against Shamrock Rovers on 27 September of the following year.[8]

On 19 February 2017, Curtis signed a new contract extension with the Candystripes.[9] He finished the campaign with eight goals in 32 appearances, and had a move to Swedish side Östersunds FK cancelled in August after failing to agree personal terms.[10]

On 7 May 2018, amid high interest from Portsmouth,[11] Curtis scored a hat-trick in a 7–3 home routing of Shelbourne, taking his side to the semifinals of League of Ireland Cup.[12]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 22 May 2018, EFL League One side Portsmouth agreed a deal to sign Curtis from Derry City, with the player signing for a transfer fee in the region of £100,000 on a two year contract.[13] Curtis made his English Football League debut for Portsmouth at Fratton Park on 4 August 2018 in a 1-0 victory over Luton Town.[14] On 11 August, Curtis scored twice to help Pompey beat Blackpool with a 2-1 away from home.[citation needed] On 21 August, he scored the winner as Portsmouth beat Bristol Rovers 2-1.[15]

International career[edit]

Although born in England, Curtis grew up in St Johnston, Donegal and has represented the Republic of Ireland at under-21 and senior level.[1][16] On 7 September 2018, Curtis scored his first international goal in a 1-1 draw vs Kosovo in the UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifying stage.[17]

On 9 September 2018, Curtis was called up to the senior Republic of Ireland squad for the UEFA Nations League game against Poland two days later,[18] in which he was an unused substitute.[19] Curtis was again added to the Ireland squad on the 14 October 2018 for their Nations League clash with Wales.[20] He made his full Ireland debut on 15 November 2018, coming on as a substitute in a friendly against Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Ronan Curtis was born in London. He is the godson of Chris Coleman, who played for and managed Wales.[22] Curtis supported Arsenal while growing up, but also watched Crystal Palace games.[23] Curtis' mother is from Derry and his grandfather is from Cork,[23] meaning Curtis was eligible to play for England, the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland[23] until making his competitive Ireland debut against Denmark in Aarhus in November 2018.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 December 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Derry City 2015[25] League of Ireland Premier Division 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
2016[26] 24 4 3 2 2 0 29 6
2017[27] 32 8 0 0 0 0 2[a] 1 34 9
2018[28] 22 5 0 0 2 3 0 0 24 8
Total 91 18 3 2 4 3 2 1 100 24
Portsmouth 2018–19 EFL League One 19 7 2 0 1 0 0 0 22 7
Career total 110 25 5 2 5 3 2 1 0 0 122 31
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ronan Curtis". Football Association of Ireland. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Paul O'Hehir (30 March 2018). "Ronan Curtis eyeing European adventures with Ireland and Derry City". Irish Mirror Online. MGN. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Ronan Curtis added to Ireland squad as Ward ruled out". RTÉ Sport. 9 September 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  4. ^ Chris McNulty (8 November 2016). "Ronan Curtis named on Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for Spain trip". Donegal Sport Hub. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  5. ^ Simon Collins (9 May 2015). "Derry ended up with one of their main strikers in goal on a nightmare night against Galway". The42. TheJournal.ie. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  6. ^ Calum Divin (30 October 2015). "League Report: Longford Town 4–2 Derry City". Extratime.ie. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  7. ^ Chris McNulty (25 November 2015). "Ronan Curtis signs two-year contract at Derry City". Donegal Sport Hub. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Derry City 2–2 Shamrock Rovers". BBC Sport. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  9. ^ Kevin McLaughlin (19 February 2017). "DERRY CITY: Curtis signs contract extension". Derry Journal. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  10. ^ Shane O'Mahony (11 August 2017). "Ronan Curtis' move to Osterunds FK falls through after failing to agree personal terms". The Irish Sun. News Group Newspapers. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  11. ^ Simon Collins (7 May 2018). "Kenny Shiels resigned to losing Portsmouth target Ronan Curtis". Derry Journal. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  12. ^ Arthur Duffy (7 May 2018). "Derry City 7 Shelbourne 3: Ronan Curtis gets hat-trick as Candystripes advance to EA Sports Cup semi final". The Irish Sun. News Group Newspapers. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Pompey Agree Deal To Sign Curtis". Portsmouth FC. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  14. ^ Jordan Cross (4 August 2018). "Lowe gives Pompey lift-off". The News. Johnston Publishing.
  15. ^ "Bristol Rovers 1 Pompey 2". Portsmouth FC. 21 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Curtis added to Republic of Ireland squad". Football Association of Ireland. 9 September 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  17. ^ Shane McDermott (25 September 2018). "Ronan Curtis: Exciting times for the St Johnston man". Donegal Daily. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Republic of Ireland: Striker Ronan Curtis is called up to the squad for Poland friendly". BBC Sport. 9 September 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Poland 1-1 Republic of Ireland: Irish denied win as Poland hit late equaliser". BBC Sport. 11 September 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  20. ^ Neil O'Riordan (14 October 2018). "Martin O'Neill calls Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis into Republic of Ireland squad for Uefa Nations League clash with Wales". The Irish Sun. News Group Newspapers. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  21. ^ Emlyn Begley (15 November 2018). "Republic of Ireland 0-0 Northern Ireland - as it happened". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  22. ^ Fisher, Ben (10 October 2018). "How Portsmouth got the buzz back after years of misery". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  23. ^ a b c Will Rooney (28 July 2018). "Pompey move is Gunner be good for Irishman Curtis". The News. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  24. ^ Will Rooney (19 November 2018). "Ronan Curtis makes Republic of Ireland competitive debut in Denmark". The News. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  25. ^ "Games played by Ronan Curtis in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Games played by Ronan Curtis in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Games played by Ronan Curtis in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  28. ^ "Games played by Ronan Curtis in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 May 2018.

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