Though it proved futile for the Black Cats, could Aiden McGeady’s goal be a sign of things to come?
Sunderland have struggled in the English Championship thus far this season, losing six games with just one win, leaving them 22nd in the table.
One bright spot has been the form of veteran Irish winger Aiden McGeady. The 31-year-old lit up Carrow Road last month with a filthy strike, and he’s followed it up tonight against Ipswich Town.
The Irishman had the ball out wide in the 65th minute before cutting inside and pinging a shot sensationally into the far corner.
— Na Glinntí Glasa (@NaGlinntiGlasa) September 26, 2017
— Mark Evans (@Evs_Dubai) September 26, 2017
McGeady is far to good for us
— Calum (@Caltermole) September 26, 2017
Unfortunately, Sunderland were 4-1 down at the time, and still had a two goal deficit to claw back. The game finished 5-2, but Irish fans’ interest in McGeady’s progress will now peak, given the impending international break.
After Sunderland’s weekend game at Preston, Ireland face two critical World Cup qualifiers that will determine whether the Boys in Green will make it to Russia. Moldova and Wales await Martin O’Neill’s side.
Again, McGeady proved to be one of the positives on a difficult night in Georgia last month, a game which Ireland drew 1-1.
With the likes of Robbie Keane, Shay Given and Richard Dunne having now departed the Irish national side, it is left to senior members like McGeady to lead the team through two of their most important games in years.