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    Posted: 15 Jul 2022 at 8:47pm
Getting game-time for the Udinese senior team in pre-season.

Longford lad of Ghanian parents.  Just finished his leaving cert and off to Italy!  Right-sided defender who can play centre-back or RWB. Moved to Udinese, where he's joined by Festy, from St Pats.  Has played right through underage for us.

Nice article on him here - seems to have his head on his shoulders:  

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Came on for the last 15 min as the right-sided centre-half in a back 3 against Bayer Leverkusen in pre-season.  Nice game to be involved in.
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Never heard much about him last year in the league. Was he one of St Pats star men last year?
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Made his Udinese debut today coming on in the 86th minute.
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Must be a first. Two Irish players playing in the same game for a top flight contintental team ? (Even if they weren't both on the pitch at the same time) 

Edited by Denis Irwin - 02 Apr 2023 at 4:04pm
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Originally posted by Denis Irwin Denis Irwin wrote:

Must be a first. Two Irish players playing in the same game for a top flight contintental team ? (Even if they weren't both on the pitch at the same time) 


Yup, Tets posted it on Twitter that it's the first time two Irish players played in the same game in Serie A.

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First man from Longford to play in Serie A. 
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According to his Wiki:
"Abankwah was born in Waterford,[1] where he lived with his family before moving to Celbridge, then to Lucan before moving to Letterkenny where he began playing football with local side Letterkenny Rovers in 2011.[2][3] He later moved to Longford"

There will be quite a few counties claiming him if he ends up making it at senior level - Waterford, Kildare, Dublin, Donegal and the Longford - quite a nomadic childhood. I suppose Celbridge to Lucan isn't far in fairness, though it is two different counties.
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Originally posted by Denis Irwin Denis Irwin wrote:

Must be a first. Two Irish players playing in the same game for a top flight contintental team ? (Even if they weren't both on the pitch at the same time) 

The last top flight continental game(ie Spain, Italy or Germany) with two Irish players I could find was a la liga game between Osasuna and Sporting Gijon in December 1988 that featured Michael Robinson and Kevin Moran
https://www.bdfutbol.com/en/p/p.php?id=17156

But that's the only site I can find with the lineups



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Up until his brain fart for the 19s against Greece he was comfortably the stand out player. What made it so frustrating. 

Nice to see him get a few minutes and it’s encouraging to see him consistently making the bench for Udinese with an established squad number as well. 

Looking forward to seeing what they do with him in the next 12 months.
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Great to see these lads getting game time. 

We have quite a few Irish lads from the youths up playing in decent leagues outside of Britain. Long may it continue
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Originally posted by Artie Ziff Artie Ziff wrote:

Great to see these lads getting game time. 

We have quite a few Irish lads from the youths up playing in decent leagues outside of Britain. Long may it continue
 

Especially when they have taken the plunge. Kerrigan doing his ACL was such a pity as he had hit the ground running. 



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Originally posted by kevin100 kevin100 wrote:

Originally posted by Artie Ziff Artie Ziff wrote:

Great to see these lads getting game time. 

We have quite a few Irish lads from the youths up playing in decent leagues outside of Britain. Long may it continue
 

Especially when they have taken the plunge. Kerrigan doing his ACL was such a pity as he had hit the ground running. 



I seen hes back in training now, should get back into the team before the seasons out. Como still in with a shout for the payoffs too.
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Starting tonight for Udinese in their last game of the season
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It is a bit surreal to see someone in the flesh playing in the LOI last year starting a Serie A match against Juventus. Clap
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Anyone watch the game?

Played 59mins, came off at 0-0 so hopefully that’s promising.
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Went off with an injury sustained during a block. Didn't watch the game but he was given a 7/10 on SofaScore, sounds like a very good debut 
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Was the standard out player in the loi Cup final if my drunken memory serves me right
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