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Conor O’Malley off to England


SUPER ’KEEPER Conor O’Malley of St Patrick’s Athletic is moving to Peterborough United. Pic: Sportsfile

Daniel Carey

ONE Mayoman scored a goal on his professional debut in England on Saturday … and another is now headed across the water.
Noe Baba scored a rocket just 12 minutes into his first competitive game for his new club, Macclesfield Town, and it was enough to give them a 1-0 victory over Wrexham in the fifth-tier National League. He gave his new fans a celebration to remember too!
Meanwhile, the Irish Mirror have reported that Westport goalkeeper Conor O’Malley has agreed a move from St Patrick’s Athletic to Peterborough United.
O’Malley has been in terrific form this season, and his performances has earned him a nomination for the SSE Airtricity League/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month for July.
The displays of the former Maynooth University student – who graduated last year with a first-class honours degree in mathematics – have attracted interest from clubs in both Ireland and England, with Leeds United and Wigan Athletic among those keen to secure his signature.
Peterborough, who are based in Cambridgeshire, are a League One (third tier) outfit who beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1 in their opening fixture of the new season. Nicknamed ‘The Posh’, their current number one goalkeeper is former England under-21 player Jonathan Bond, who is on loan from Reading, and their squad also includes 19-year-old netminder Josh Tibbetts.
In a recent interview with the42.ie, O’Malley – who just turned 23 last week – said: “I think every player in Ireland wants to go to England, but as a goalkeeper there’s no rush”.
But the possibility of him going across the water was mooted two years ago after he saved two Galway United penalties as St Pat’s won a shoot-out in the EA Sports Cup final. At the time, manager Liam Buckley hailed the Mayoman as ‘a top goalkeeper’ with ‘a very bright future’ who’s ‘got all the attributes’. and could end up playing in England.
Asked about those comments at the time and whether playing in England was an ambition of his, O’Malley told The Mayo News: “Ah yeah, of course. I haven’t really looked at it, but if it happens, I’ll definitely take it!”
Now that dream is about to come true.



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