Ronan Finn

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Ronan Finn
David O'Leary and Ronan Finn.jpg
David O'Leary of Galway United and Ronan Finn of Dundalk in action in the 2015 League of Ireland
Personal information
Full name Ronan Michael Finn
Date of birth (1987-12-21) 21 December 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shamrock Rovers
Number 8
Youth career
2004–2005 Cambridge United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 UCD 97 (10)
2010 Sporting Fingal 34 (8)
2011–2014 Shamrock Rovers 116 (27)
2015–2016 Dundalk 62 (12)
2017– Shamrock Rovers 3 (0)
National team
2007 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
2010 Republic of Ireland U23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:57, 11 March 2017 (UTC).

Ronan Finn (born 21 December 1987) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland. He has also played for U.C.D., Sporting Fingal and Dundalk. He has made a total of 23 appearances in European competition for Dundalk, Sporting Fingal and Shamrock Rovers,[1] being a member of the latter's team when they became the first Irish side ever to reach the group stage of European competition.[2]

Club career[edit]

Finn began his youth career at Cambridge United, spending eight months with their youth team in 2004–05.[3] Due to a requirement that he had to finish school in Ireland, he would fly from Dublin to Cambridge after school on Fridays, play a game on Saturday and fly straight back home. Finn scored on his FA Youth Cup debut in a 3–1 victory over Mansfield Town.[4] As the demands to fly over became more frequent from Cambridge United youth manager Ricky Duncan, Finn decided to end his time with the club to instead focus on his education.[5]

UCD[edit]

Finn was signed by U.C.D. in 2005 and went straight into the under-21 team. He was a member of the side that won a second straight Dr. Tony O'Neill Under-21 League Championship, scoring the winning goal in the final against Shelbourne. His impressive displays earned him a call-up to the first-team squad towards the end of the season. He made his League of Ireland debut for U.C.D. in a 1–0 defeat against Longford Town in November 2005. He made his home debut the following week on the 18th November against Shamrock Rovers, again as a substitute, and also scored his first senior goal in this fixture.

Finn started the 2006 season back in the under-21s. He regularly began to make the match day squad from the beginning of June, making a couple of brief substitute appearances. However he got his chance to impress as he was handed his first senior start away to Sligo Rovers in August and was named the man-of-the-match in this game. He became a regular name on U.C.D. manager Pete Mahon's teamsheet for the remainder of the season. Finn made his FAI Cup debut in the third round against Limerick and scored his first goals of the season in this game, scoring twice in a 3–1 win. His displays did not go unnoticed and he was nominated for the PFAI Young Player of the Year award and also won the UCD Supporters' New Player of the Year.

Finn secured his place as a regular in centre midfield in 2007. He forged a partnership with fellow Irish under-21 international Shane McFaul, helping U.C.D. reach the semi finals of both the League and FAI Cups.

With the retirement of Tony McDonnell and the departure of Shane McFaul in 2008, Finn became one of the most experienced central midfielders at the club and formed a new partnership with Alan McNally in the centre. He began the 2008 season with good form in the opening games against Derry City and Bray Wanderers. U.C.D. struggled, however, as the season went on and were eventually relegated after finishing bottom of the Premier Division.

Following relegation, U.C.D. lost almost all of its first-team squad but Finn decided to remain to complete his degree in Sports Management at the university. Finn was handed the captaincy of this squad by Martin Russell and led them to promotion and the 2009 First Division title.[6] He was subsequently named the PFAI First Division Player of the Year for 2009.[7]

Sporting Fingal[edit]

Finn departed U.C.D. after five seasons to join Sporting Fingal on 8 December 2009.[8] He represented the club in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League qualifying second round against Maritimo.[9]

On 10 February 2011 the directors of Sporting Fingal confirmed that the club withdrew its application for a licence from the FAI to participate in the 2011 Airtricity League season.[10] This decision was taken after funding targets integral to the club's continued existence were not reached during the off-season. After their demise, Finn became a free agent.

Shamrock Rovers[edit]

Following the demise of Sporting Fingal, Finn signed for Shamrock Rovers on a two-year deal in February 2011[11]

He made his League debut for the club in the opening night win over Dundalk[12] and helped them win the Setanta Sports Cup by beating Dundalk 2–0 in the final.

In his first season at the club, Finn won the League of Ireland Premier Division and was also a member of the first Irish team to reach the group stage of European competition, playing in all but 1 of the club's European matches[13] as they went on to reach the 2011–12 Europa League group stages.[14]

Dundalk[edit]

In December 2014, Finn signed a two-year deal with Dundalk, linking up with his former boss at Shamrock Rovers, Stephen Kenny.[15] He won the league and cup double at the club in 2015. Following the departure of Richie Towell in December 2015, Finn was played in a more advanced position.[16][17] His form in this role and a hat-trick against Longford Town on 9 April[18] led to him being named the SWAI League of Ireland Premier Division Player of the Month for the first time in his career in April 2016.[19][20] Finn played in all 6 of Dundalk's UEFA Champions League qualifying matches as they reached the play-off stage.[21]

International career[edit]

Finn was called up to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad for the first time in early 2007, for the annual Madeira Cup tournament. He won his first cap when he came on as a half-time substitute against Madeira. In May 2010, Finn made his Republic of Ireland U23 debut against England C in the 2009–11 International Challenge Trophy game at the Waterford Regional Sports Centre.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Finn has a degree in Sports Management from University College Dublin.[23]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dundalk
UCD
Shamrock Rovers

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UEFA Player Profile". UEFA. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Shamrock Rovers make history and enter Europe League". Irish Independent. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "From the Abbey to the Europa League! Former U's help the Hoops make history". Cambridge News. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "STAGS BOW OUT OF FA YOUTH CUP". Stags Net. 10 November 2004. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "From the Abbey to the Europa League! Former U's help the Hoops make history". Cambridge News. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ronan Finn interview". UCD Soccer. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Twigg takes PFAI award". RTÉ Sport. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "O'Brien signs for Sporting Fingal". Irish Times. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Maritimo 3:2 Sporting Fingal". Sky Sports. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Sporting Fingal cease operations". RTÉ Sport. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "Hoops add trio to squad". Shamrockrovers.ie. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Rovers 3:1 Dundalk". Shamrockrovers.ie. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Ronan Finn: Budding Lilywhites have strength for Europe". thesun.ie. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "Dundalk's Ronan Finn: People might not remember league wins – but they'll remember if we do well in Europe". thesun.ie. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "Kenny factor behind Finn's move to join Dundalk camp". Irish Independent. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Finn fills in nicely as Dundalk get title defence under way". Irish Times. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Dundalk star Ronan Finn steps up up to fill the void left by Richie Towell's exit". thesun.ie. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Finn hat-trick sees Dundalk ease past Longford". Irish Times. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "Ronan Finn: Budding Lilywhites have strength for Europe". thesun.ie. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  20. ^ "Ronan Finn: 'The Rovers team who won in Belgrade was strong, but this Dundalk team has more'". Irish Independent. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  21. ^ "Ronan Finn reckons Dundalk can make BATE nervous in second leg of Champions League tie". thesun.ie. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  22. ^ "Football Association of Ireland – Football Association of Ireland". Fai.ie. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  23. ^ "Ronan Finn interview". UCD Soccer. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  24. ^ "Ronan Finn named SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers' Association Player of the Month for April". sseairtricityleague.ie. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 

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