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Two Ex-League Of Ireland Players Impress On Their Championship Debuts

Two Ex-League Of Ireland Players Impress On Their Championship Debuts

Two former League of Ireland players made their Championship debuts on Tuesday night.

Barry Cotter started Ipswich's 1-0 win against Barnsley while Chiedozie Ogbene came off the bench for Brentford in their victory away to Nottingham Forest.

Cotter, who joined Ipswich in January from Limerick, played at right wing-back in what turned out to be Mick McCarthy's final game as manager of the club.

The 19-year-old impressed before he was substituted after 56 minutes to be replaced by Grant Ward. That was a decision booed by Ipswich fans at the time. The reaction from supporters was not appreciated by McCarthy.

"You can probably see why I'm going after the reaction when I took Barry Cotter off," said McCarthy after the game.

"That's just pathetic. I've signed him, I've played him, he's absolutely knackered - he needs to come off."

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20-year-old former Cork City and Limerick winger Chiedozie Ogbene made his debut off the bench after 67 minutes at the City Ground. The Nigerian-born player, who also made his move to the Championship in January, had been an unused substitute for Brentford four times over the past two months.

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Like Cotter, he also impressed. Ogbene won the corner which led to Henrik Dalsgaard's late winner.

It has been a great week for former Limerick players in the Championship. 20-year-old Paudie O'Connor made his debut at centre-back for Leeds in Saturday's draw against Sunderland. He also started last night's 3-1 defeat away to Preston.

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