Spotlight: Jimmy Keohane and Patrick Hoban
I had planned to do another edition of our Academy Irish series, looking at Bristol City. However, the two Irish young lads who signed for City alongside David James in the summer are just a few months old to be fully eligible for the Premier Academy League. That said, the rules do allow for three under-19s to play in each game, and they can qualify via this rule. The players are receiving a spotlight article instead due to the fact that they regularly line-out for the side’s reserve team rather than the Academy side.
On joining the club, manager Keith Millen told the BBC: “Both of them will join in with the first team squad, they’re both too old for the Academy. The pair are exciting prospects who are just happy playing football. They have been a breath of fresh air since they’ve arrived. We’ve got to work on their fitness a bit but it’s great to have them finally signed up and on board.”
Jimmy Keohane was signed by Bristol City from Wexford Youths, and the 19 year old midfielder has an eye for goal, scoring a hat-trick in one game for the Wexford League last season. He’s already off the mark for Bristol City reserves, coming on at half time and scoring against Paulton Rovers. The winger has represented Ireland at under-19 level.
19 year old midfielder Patrick Hoban signed from his Galway club Mervue United, and had spells with Lakeside Celtic and Ballinasloe Town. He’s a versatile midfielder and can play across midfield as well as up front. He’s already had a few run-outs for the reserve side, and started against Hereford United in the reserves league.