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Matthew Connor
Personal information
Full name Matthew Connor
Date of birth (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Waterford, Ireland
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Waterford
Number 1
Youth career
Tramore AFC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014-2015 Waterford 23 (0)
2016 Wexford Youths 2 (0)
2016 Cork City 0 (0)
2017- Waterford 20 (0)
National team
2013-2014 Republic of Ireland U17
2014-2015 Republic of Ireland U18
2017 Republic of Ireland U21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Matthew Connor is a goalkeeper who plays for League of Ireland Premier Division club Waterford.

Connor also had spells with Wexford and Cork City.

Career[edit | edit source]

Waterford United[edit | edit source]

In 2014 Connor signed for hometown club Waterford United after a successful trial. He made his debut against Wexford Youths in a 3-1 win due to the unavailability of Kevin Burns.[1] He went into make 5 league appearances that year and also played in the League of Ireland Cup fixture against League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City in a 2-0 defeat.[2]

Connor re-signed for the 2015 campaign and he made 18 league appearances that season under Tommy Griffin and then Roddy Collins as Waterford finished in a disappointing 7th place once again. Connor bizarrely was forced to come on in the striker position for Waterford in their 0-0 draw against Finn Harps as Waterford had no substitutes left to bring on for the injured Daniel Pender.[3]

Wexford Youths[edit | edit source]

In 2016 Connor signed for Shane Keegan at Wexford Youths as they prepared for life in the League of Ireland Premier Division.[4] Connor was restricted to the bench however and left in the summer transfer window.

Cork City[edit | edit source]

In July 2016 Connor signed for Cork City after appearing in a mid season friendly against Fulham to be an understudy to Mark McNulty.[5] Connor didn't appear for Cork competitvly but he did leave the Munster club with an FAI Cup winners medal as Cork defeated Dundalk 1-0 thanks to a Seán Maguire winner in extra time.[6]

Waterford FC[edit | edit source]

Connor signed back with his rejuvenated hometown club Waterford for the 2017 season.[7] Connor made his debut 7 games into the season in the 2-1 win over Cobh Ramblers due to the injury of first choice keeper Ian McLoughlin.[8] The injury to McLoughlin would keep him out from April to July and in the process gave Connor the chance to become the clubs first choice keeper which he managed to do superbly with a number of outstanding saves and commanding performances over the season which helped his side gain promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division winning the First Division trophy.[9]

Connor re-signed for Waterford for 2018 as they go into the Premier Division for the first time in 10 years.[10]

International Career[edit | edit source]

Connor has represented the Republic of Ireland at under 17, under 18 and under 21 levels. He was also the captain of the Republic of Ireland men's colleges and universities teams.[11]

Honours[edit | edit source]

Club[edit | edit source]

Waterford
Cork City

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "League Report: Wexford Youths 1 - 3 Waterford United - ExtraTime.ie". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  2. "EA Cup: Cork City 2-0 Waterford United - ExtraTime.ie". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  3. "League Report: Finn Harps 0 - 0 Waterford United - ExtraTime.ie". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  4. "Youths Snap Up Goalkeeper Matthew Connor". 11 January 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  5. "Matthew Connor signs for Cork City - ExtraTime.ie". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  6. "Cork City have won the 2016 FAI Cup: As it happened - Independent.ie". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  7. "Waterford FC make four signings including Patrick McClean - League of Ireland". 3 January 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  8. "MATCH REPORT: Waterford FC 2-1 Cobh Ramblers - Waterford FC". 8 April 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  9. "Waterford FC Crowned First Division Champions - Waterford FC". 16 September 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  10. "Goalkeeper Connor signs for 2018 - Waterford FC". 6 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  11. "Men's Colleges and Universities team receive their caps - Football Association of Ireland". www.fai.ie. Retrieved 14 November 2017.

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