A Wexford Native Was Handed His First English Championship Start Yesterday

Yesterday evening, former Wexford native, Kevin O’Connor was handed his first English Championship start with Preston North End.

Hailing from Screen near Curracloe, O’Connor made his way up the ranks, playing with Wexford Youths, Waterford FC and Finn Harps.

Since then, he was signed by this year’s eventual winners of the Airtricity League, Cork City, and became a key player to the side’s spectacular league success in the 2016-2017 season.

After providing some great performances for Cork City, he was snapped up by a Preston North End side that was already rich in youthful Irish talents, such as Daryl Horgan, Sean Maguire, and Andy Boyle.

O’Connor travelled across the Irish sea just four months ago, and after a lot of perseverance, dedication, and hard-work, he made his Championship debut against Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich yesterday evening. Having come on as a half-time sub to make his debut against Villa in the club’s previous fixture, the Preston manager trusted 22-year-old O’Connor in his defensive role, which ensured he gained his first English Championship start.

In that game, O’Connor’s performance did not go unnoticed, with many Preston fans realising that they have secured a terrific left-back, despite their 3-0 loss.

On the English Championship table, Preston currently stand in 13th place and will be hoping that O’Connor will help secure their defence.

At Wexford Weekly, we wish Kevin O’Connor continued success with Preston North End.

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