DALE GORMAN was among the substitutes for Stevenage as they opened their League Two campaign with a 2-0 loss to Notts County on Saturday.
The Letterkenny native (pictured above), who is 19, enjoyed a good pre-season under new manager Teddy Sheringham but could only watch on as County scored a goal in each half – one apiece from Curtis Thompson on 35 minutes and then Mawouna Amevor two minutes from time – to win an entertaining game.
Stevenage are back in action tomorrow night, Tuesday, when they travel to Championship side Ipswich Town, who are managed by former Republic of Ireland international Mick McCarthy, in the League Cup
Seamus Coleman and his Everton team had to be content with a 2-2 draw against Watford on Saturday in the Premier League opener at Goodison Park.
The Killybegs native played the full 90 minutes at right-back for the Merseysiders, who trailed twice against the newly-promoted side. Miguel Layun opened the scoring for the visitors after just 13 minutes and that lead remained intact ntil Ross Barkley’s volley levelled it for Roberto Martinez’s team with just 14 minutes left.
However, Odion Ighalo scored for Watford on 83 minutes and Everton were delighted to get back on terms though Arouna Kone with just four minutes left.
Everton’s next fixture is away to Southampton on Saturday, kicking off at 12.45pm.
Shay Given was on the substitutes’ bench for Stoke City as Liverpool won 1-0 at the Brittania Stadium courtesy of Philippe Coutinho’s 86th minute winner. Jack Butland kept goal for Mark Hughes’ team, who visit Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Ciaran Clark’s Aston Villa won 1-0 at Bournemouth, with Rudy Gestede scoring the only goal with 72 minutes on the clock. Central defender Clark’s father Mick was brought up in Milford.
Shane Duffy’s Blackburn Rovers lost 2-1 at Ewood Park in the Sky Bet Championship to Wolverhampton Wanderers, so will be looking to post a first win of the season when they play Shrewsbury on Tuesday. Duffy is Derry born and his father Brian is from Letterkenny.
In the Scottish Championship, former Kildrum Tigers and Derry City striker Michael Duffy, who hails from St Johnston, was part of the Alloa Athletic side who lost 3-1 against Queen of the South.