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Luke McNally
Personal information
Full name Luke McNally
Date of birth (1999-09-20) 20 September 1999 (age 20)
Place of birth Enfield, County Meath, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
St Patrick's Athletic
Number TBA
Youth career
2015–2016 Drogheda United
2017–2018 St Patrick's Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– St Patrick's Athletic 0 (0)
2019    Drogheda United (loan) 27 (6)
National team
2017 Republic of Ireland U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:35, 25 November 2019 (UTC)

Luke McNally (born 20 September 1999) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for League of Ireland Premier Division club, St Patrick's Athletic, the club where he started his profesional career, he has also spent a season on loan at Drogheda United.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Raised in Enfield, County Meath, McNally signed for his local League of Ireland club Drogheda United in August 2015. He played for the club's under 17 side for their 2015 and 2016 seasons before moving to Dublin club St Patrick's Athletic in March 2017, playing with their under 19 side.[1] He played in the same Under 19s team as fellow future first team players including Jake Walker, Brian Maher, Paul Clearly and Joe Manley. In 2018, his side got to the Enda McGuill Cup final, unfortunately losing out 2–1 to Bohemians at Richmond Park on the 4th of September.[2]

St Patrick's Athletic[edit]

McNally's first involement in a first team squad was on the 8th August 2017, when he was named on the bench for a Leinster Senior Cup game against Firhouse Clover, remaining an unused substitute.[3] On the 8th February 2019, it was announced that McNally had signed a 2 year professional contract with St Patrick's Athletic, while he would be loaned to Drogheda United for the 2019 League of Ireland First Division season.[4][5]

Drogheda United loan[edit]

McNally's first appearance in a Drogheda United shirt came on the 8th February 2019, playing in a friendly against his parent club St Patrick's Athletic on the same day that he signed for the club on loan.[5] His competitive debut in senior football came on the opening night of the League of Ireland First Division season, as his side beat Cobh Ramblers 4–0 at United Park.[6] The first senior goal of McNally's career also came against Cobh Ramblers, when he scored the 4th goal in a 4–1 away win at St Colman's Park on the 27th April 2019.[7] The month of May saw him score twice, scoring the 4th goal in a 5–0 win over Cabinteely at Stradbrook Road on the 18th,[8] before scoring an equaliser in a 2–1 win away to Wexford at Ferrycarrig Park.[9] On the 28th June 2019, McNally scored an injury time header to beat Bray Wanderers by a goal to nil at United Park.[10] McNally's excellent form in front of goal continued, scoring in a 3–1 win over Galway United in August[11] as well as scoring an equaliser against Shelbourne in a title deciding match which his side lost 3–1 to finish runners up to Shels in second place.[12] Drogheda United's second place finish did however earn them a place in the League of Ireland Promotion/Relegation Playoffs, facing Cabinteely in the Semi Final and losing the first leg 1–0 before thumping them 5–1 in the second leg with McNally amazingly scoring a Perfect Hat-Trick from Centre back.[13] Despite winning the first leg of the Playoff Final 1–0 at home to Premier Division side Finn Harps,[14] the season finished in heartbreak for McNally and Drogheda as they were beaten 2–0 at Finn Park in the second leg, denying them a place in the 2020 League of Ireland Premier Division.[15] McNally finished his first full season with 37 appearances in all competitions, scoring an incredible 9 goals despite his defensive role in teh team.[16]

Return from loan[edit]

New Pat's manager Stephen O'Donnell decided to keep McNally on after an impressive season with Drogheda United, with McNally returning to Pat's first team training for pre-season on the 2nd December 2019 ahead of the 2020 season.[17]

International career[edit]

McNally made his debut for the Republic of Ireland U19 team on the 2nd February 2017 in a 2–1 win over Czech Republic U19 at the RSC, playing alongside Republic of Ireland senior internationals Aaron Connolly, Mark Travers and Lee O'Connor.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Professional appearances – correct as of 3 December 2019.[19]

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
St Patrick's Athletic 2017 League of Ireland Premier Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[lower-alpha 1] 0 0 0
2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[lower-alpha 1] 0 0 0
2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[lower-alpha 2] 0 0[lower-alpha 1] 0 0 0
Drogheda United (loan) 2019 League of Ireland First Division 27 6 2 0 1 0 4[lower-alpha 3] 3 34 9
St Patrick's Athletic 2020 League of Ireland Premier Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[lower-alpha 1] 0 0 0
St Patrick's Athletic Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 27 6 2 0 1 0 4 3 34 9


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  2. "Extratime.ie - Live Updates - 2018 U19 Cup Final - St Patrick's Ath U19 -v- Bohemians U19". www.extratime.ie.
  3. "Extratime.ie - Live Updates - 2017 Leinster Senior Cup Quarter Finals - St. Patrick's Athletic -v- Firhouse Clover". www.extratime.ie.
  4. "St Patrick's Athletic FC". www.facebook.com.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Mcnally Joins Drogheda On Loan". www.stpatsfc.com.
  6. "Extratime.ie - Live Updates - 2019 League of Ireland First Division - Drogheda United -v- Cobh Ramblers". www.extratime.ie.
  7. "Cobh Ramblers vs Drogheda United". SSE Airtricity League.
  8. "Extratime.ie - Live Updates - 2019 League of Ireland First Division - Cabinteely -v- Drogheda United". www.extratime.ie.
  9. "Wexford FC vs Drogheda United". SSE Airtricity League.
  10. "Drogheda United vs Bray Wanderers". SSE Airtricity League.
  11. "Galway-United vs Drogheda United". SSE Airtricity League.
  12. "Drogheda United vs Shelbourne". SSE Airtricity League.
  13. "Extratime.ie - Live Updates - 2019 Promotion/Relegation Play Off Semi Final - Drogheda United -v- Cabinteely". www.extratime.ie.
  14. "Extratime.ie - Live Updates - 2019 Promotion/Relegation Play Off Final - Drogheda United -v- Finn Harps". www.extratime.ie.
  15. "Extratime.ie - Live Updates - 2019 Promotion/Relegation Play Off Final - Finn Harps -v- Drogheda United". www.extratime.ie.
  16. "Republic of Ireland - L. McNally - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". ie.soccerway.com.
  17. FC, St Patrick's Athletic (2 December 2019). "A week of double sessions for our #Saints2020 has begun on the pitch in a chilly Ballyoulster before the boys head to the gym. New signings Conor Kearns, Rory Feely, Robbie Benson & Jay McClelland have joined their new teammates while Luke McNally is back from his loan pic.twitter.com/O04XtJKxai".
  18. "Republic of Ireland 2 - 1 Czech Republic | 2018 - U19 Mens Friendlies | 999944069 | Football Association of Ireland". www.fai.ie.
  19. "Republic of Ireland – L.McNally". ie.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2019-12-03.

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