McMahon’s FAI gong

by Karl Graham

PAUL McMahon was celebrating on Sunday night after he walked away from the FAI International Football Awards at Donnybrook with the Football For All [FFA] player of the year gong – a deserved recognition of his performances for the FFA Under-19 squad.
McMahon, who plays for LSL senior Sunday 1 side Dublin Bus, was nominated alongside Ireland Cerebral Palsy captain Luke Evans and Ireland’s Homeless World Cup keeper John Farrell.
The pacy winger has scored in each of his last four games in a string of excellent performances for Dublin Bus as they climbed to the top of their table. His club manager Darren Sheridan was full of praise for McMahon when he spoke to GazetteSport about the 19-year-old.
“It is absolutely fantastic. He only came to us just before December from the Bray Wanderers Under-19s team and he has been an absolute revelation since he signed. His attitude is superb and has ability and self-confidence so I am delighted for the lad.
McMahon’s disability is ADHD but he has shown great maturity to gel seamlessly into Sheridan’s side.
“He has fit in there like he has been there all his life and for somebody so young he is showing great maturity as well. He is full of confidence at the moment so hopefully that continues for him,” said Sheridan.
“Obviously, he has found himself in a place where everybody treats him properly and he is appreciated like all the players. He said he absolutely loves it since he’s come so that is a credit to everybody at the club.”
McMahon could soon find himself terrorising defenders in Leinster’s top division if his team can keep up their excellent campaign to date and secure promotion to the LSL senior Sunday.
The team have won their last two games to sit two points ahead second-placed Newbridge Town and five ahead of Portmarnock AFC in third – although the Bus have played at least two games more than their closest rivals.
The top of the table is new territory for the team having racked up mid-table finishes in recent years but Sheridan’s first season in charge has seen them record some impressive results.
“So far it has been fantastic. I don’t think many people would have given us a prayer of even staying up so I think the only ones who did have belief were the players and the management themselves.
“We are up and running, the players are after buying into it, and we are performing. So far, we are over the moon and hopefully we can cap it off with at least promotion,” Sheridan concluded.

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