A night to remember for Seamus and Shane


A night to remember for Seamus and Shane

Shane Duffy could have booked his place on the plane to Euro 2016 after his performance for Ireland in Friday night's friendly win over Switzerland in Dublin.

The Derryman, whose father Brian is from Letterkenny, was man-of-the-match as the Republic beat the Swiss 1-0 at the Aviva.

Duffy, playing at centre half, also had a hand in the goal which was scored by another player with strong Donegal connections, Ciaran Clark.

And just to round off a memorable night for the Donegal contingent, the Ireland side was captained for the first time by Seamus Coleman.

The Killybegs man was again, excellent at right back as Ireland's preparations for the European Championship finals in France this summer got underway.

“It's a proud moment, but you can't let it effect your game,” Coleman told Highland Radio sport.

“It's not like I did any extra yelling or shouting, I just got on with my game. I really enjoyed it and the fact that we won was brilliant.”


Coleman had a special word of praise for Duffy who did so well alongside him in defence.

“He deserves his chance tonight because he's done so well at Blackburn all season. It was great for him to leave Everton and get out and play games. Tonight, I thought he was brilliant and I thought he deserved man-of-the-match.”

Duffy was making only his second start for Ireland in Friday night's game and he said he enjoyed the occasion.

“It was good to get out there,” he said.

“It's been about two years now since I made my debut, so it felt like my debut again.

“But I enjoyed it. It was everything that I probably could have wished for.”

Duffy is now hoping to stay in the manager, Martin O'Neill's plans ahead of the Euros.

“I have matured as a player and you never know where it takes you,” he said.

“I am just trying to improve as a player. I'm taking it game by game, day by day. I try and work hard on the training pitch and hopefully the rewards will come with it.

“I didn't know if I was going to get a chance (against Switzerland).

“ You've just got to try and impress. “You don't know how it's going to work out but I'm happy I got out there and we got the win.”

Next up for Ireland is another friendly in Dublin on Tuesday night with Slovakia the visitors.