DESPITE getting hitched in Tuscany on the Wednesday, Gerard Doherty’s travel plans worked to perfection, the Derry keeper arriving in Dublin Airport to be picked up by his team-mates in good time for Friday night’s game.
And while having to leave his wedding party 24 hours before his bride, Edele, and guests were due to fly home, the Creggan man managed to eventually get his head around the fact that he had a match to play.
“When I was sitting in Italy the day after my wedding, it was difficult to focus on the fact that I had a match to play on Friday night.
“And when I landed in Dublin it still didnt feel like I had a match. However, Stephen (Kenny) got me into a hotel room. I had a bit of a sleep and then I was ready for the match, so everything went well for me,” said Gerard.
“I left Tuscany on Friday morning at 7.30 a.m. in a taxi bound for Rome and that took a couple of hours. It was then a case of sitting around for a while at the airport, but I knew the flight was just a few hours so, overall, the arrangements were grand, not too bad.”
Having played an integral role for his home town club in the 1-1 result, Doherty was happy with his performance and he was glad he had played his part in the game having made the effort to get home early.
“While we try to win every match we play, I think a draw was a fair result on the night as St. Pat’s are a decent side but now we have to move on and think about Monday’s game against Shamrock Rovers. That’s another big one for us and with Bohemians travelling to the Brandywell next Friday night, it’s a bit of a hectic time for us.”
When learning of his manager’s comments that he deserved an opportunity to play international football, Doherty said he would welcome any such approach.
“I’ve always felt that if a player gets a call-up into an international squad - any international squad - then I don’t believe one could turn that down.
“There are some players who have been getting a bit of flak over playing for Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland and it always seems to concern younger players who are in a position to be able to pick and choose who they play for.
“I also believe international managers direct their attentions at the younger players involved with clubs across the Channel, especially the big clubs, as they attempt to tie players down.
“However, in my eyes and given my age, I think any player who receives a call-up should grab it with both hands and attempt to further their careers.
“As for me, you never know, what will happen in the future but yes, international football remains on my radar and it’s something I still aim for,” he concluded.