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Loan Watch

First Team News
// 6 Jun 2017

It has been a productive period for both of Dundalk FC’s loanees in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division over the last number of months.

Georgie Poynton signed a loan deal with Bohemian FC at the start of the season and has netted 2 times in 15 appearances for Keith Long’s side.

The teenager made his SSE Airtricity League debut at Dalymount Park in a 4-1 loss to Derry City FC. Georgie, opened his goal scoring account on the second game of the season against Shamrock Rovers FC and scored again in a 2-1 defeat against Limerick FC.

‘I’ve settled in really well and all the lads have been great, it’s a good group and I’m really enjoying it,’ he told dundalkfc.com

‘To an extent I’d say I’m happy but obviously there is still a lot that I can learn to develop my game further. I’d definitely say the loan move is helping me and I’m really enjoying it.’

Ciaran O’Connor joined Finn Harps FC on a six month loan spell in February and since then has racked up 13 appearances and scored 5 goals for the Ballybofey side.

The striker made his league debut at home in a 1-0 defeat to Cork City FC on the opening day of the season and scored a brace on his second start in a 5-3 defeat away to Bray Wanderers.

The 20 year-old’s third goal came in a 2-1 win away to St. Patricks Athletic FC and his fourth goal was a 90th minute winner  in a 2-1 win against Sligo Rovers at Finn Park. O’Connor netted his fifth goal for Ollie Horgan’s men in a 3-2 win at home to Limerick FC.

O’Connor said, ‘The loan deal is going very well I feel. I am feeling fitter and stronger with every 90 minutes that I play and it’s great to be playing week in, week out.

‘It hasn’t been a problem settling in, the lads have been great to me and have helped me with anything that I needed. On the football side of it playing every week has helped me progress and matured me as a player and as a person.

‘I have scored 5 goals now and before the loan move is up I’d like to have a few more. I also had a couple of niggly injuries that kept me out for three or four weeks which wasn’t good, and I was disappointed with that because every game I play is a big opportunity for me to show what I can do.

‘That’s football for you though, have to take the good with the bad – but overall I am really enjoying it and I hope the scoring continues.’

Picture credit: Sportsfile and Donegal Now