Willo McDonagh

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Willo McDonagh
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Willo McDonagh of Shelbourne
Personal information
Full name William McDonagh
Date of birth (1983-03-14) 14 March 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back / Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Carlisle United 63 (4)
2005 Shamrock Rovers 26 (5)
2006–2008 Glentoran 35 (4)
2008–2011 Glenavon 87 (18)
2008 Armagh City 5 (0)
2011–2012 Monaghan United[1] 13 (1)
2012–2013 Longford Town 25 (2)
2014 Shelbourne 19 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:10, 13 March 2014 (UTC).

Willo McDonagh (born 14 March 1983) is an Irish footballer who plays for Shelbourne.

The defensive midfield player has played for Bohemians, Carlisle United, Shamrock Rovers, Glentoran and Monaghan United.

He made his Rovers debut on 18 March 2005 and went on to make a total of 31 appearances in all competitions scoring 6 goals.

McDonagh arrived at The Oval in January 2006 from Shamrock Rovers, and was one of former manager Roy Coyle's final signings before resigning. McDonagh scored his first goal for the club in a 3-2 success against Newry City at the Oval in March, this would be his only for the season.

2006/2007 was a mixed year for McDonagh, with consistency being the main hindrance to him becoming a favourite with the Glentoran crowd. Arguably his best performance for the Glens came in a 4-1 win over Belfast rivals Cliftonville at the Oval in December 2006, where he made surging runs from midfield and scored with a directed header, and many hoped he would have continued this great form into the annual Boxing Day derby clash with arch rivals Linfield, but McDonagh was handed a two-game suspension by the IFA.[2]

Infamous for his disciplinary record, with 11 bookings to his name this season, he has gained a reputation with officials up all over the country after his alleged two foot stamp on Cliftonville's Ronan Scannell in December's televised CIS League Cup Final, a game which Glentoran went on to win 1-0 thanks to a 32nd minute Gary Hamilton goal. This is McDonagh's only winners medal to date. In 2007 McDonagh was placed on the transfer list.

In February 2008 he was loaned out to Armagh City for one season [3]

Following his release by the Glens, McDonagh signed for Glenavon.[4]

In August 2011, he signed for Monaghan United, again linking up with Roddy Collins.[5][6] On 18 June 2012, the club announced their withdrawal from the League of Ireland and all of their playing staff were released by the club.[7]

He subsequently signed for Longford Town in June 2012, scoring on his debut against Mervue United, in a 5-4 win for his new club. McDonagh is currently operating in a centre back role under Longford manager Tony Cousins.