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McGeady off to stellar start with Spartak

13 September 2010 3,908 views No Comment Written by Ronan

In an article in the News of the World yesterday, “Chief Sports Writer” Garry Doyle made an enormously unfunny quip that the Irish supporters’ chant of Olé Olé would have to be changed to D’olé D’olé because of the lack of match starts amongst five Irish internationals: Shay Given, Robbie Keane, Liam Lawrence, Darren Gibson, and Aiden McGeady.

Lawrence was in the starting lineup for his Portsmouth debut on Saturday, and played very well against Roy Keane’s Ipswich; Tottenham’s Keane came on as a substitute for the ineffective Pavluychenko; Gibson should have made a substitute appearance against Everton, yet somehow, Ferguson changed his mind when the young midfielder was just about to be sent on; and Given could yet be in line to take back the number 1 jersey at Man City from a stuttering Joe Hart.

Up until the international break, Aiden McGeady had been struggling with a niggling injury, but as his performance against Andorra showed, that is long gone. Thus, he got the chance to line out for his new club, Russian giants Spartak Moscow on Saturday. They were up against local rivals Saturn, and their new 64 slotted straight into a new-look Spartak lineup (three of the other eleven were also new signings by Spartak boss Valeriy Karpin).

Wearing number 64, Эйден МАКГИДИ as he’s known over there, was a threat from the start, playing on the right in a 4-5-1 formation. Once again, Brazilian forward Welliton was the lone striker – he had 13 goals already heading into the match. McGeady impressed greatly on his debut, making clever runs as well as drawing defenders away from the danger area, leaving Welliton more space inside.

McGeady didn’t take long to leave his mark. In the seventh minute, he spearheaded a Spartak counter-attack, delivering a beautiful through ball for Welliton to round the keeper and slot into the net. Saturn equalised a few minutes later, but with Spartak’s two excellent wingers (McGeady and Dmitri Kombarov) dominating, another goal was always imminent.

The second goal was all Welliton’s making, rounding a couple of defenders, before neatly shooting into the corner of the net. Spartak won 2-1 and gained all three points against their Moscow rivals. It was a stellar start for the young Irish winger, and on the basis of this, there is plenty more to come in the Russian Premier Division, and also on the international stage.

Watch match highlights of Spartak’s 2-1 win over Saturn:

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