DALE Gorman made his professional debut in English football tonight, but the 19-year-old’s Stevenage bowed out of the Capital One Cup following a 2-1 defeat to Ipswich Town.
Gorman came on at half-time for fellow Irishman David McAllister at Portman Road and the midfielder gave manager Teddy Sheringham plenty of food for thought with an encouraging display.
Gorman had a useful pre-season with the Broadhall Way club with manager Sheringham hailing him as ‘a fantastic young player’.
Gorman came on with Stevenage leading through Christope Berra’s own goal.
Ipswich, managed by former Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy, leveled through Josh Yorwerth and they booked their place in the next round thanks to Jay Tabb’s winner.
Eight minutes from time Stevenage were awarded a penalty when Dean Parrett was fouled inside the area after an amazing run.
However, with Brett Williams standing over the penalty, the referee, Fred Graham, reversed the decision and awarded a drop-ball in the box.
Earlier, Gorman tried his luck with an ambitious 40-yard effort that flew just wide.
The former Letterkenny Rovers midfielder impressed Stevenage fans.
@LetterkennyRvs @StevenageFC @DaleGorman7 @CapitalOne_Cup he was bloody brilliant too! Some crunching tackles and good passer of the bsll
— dd (@damiansmith85) August 11, 2015