Duffy loan deal extended

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Shane Duffy yesterday extended his loan stay at npower League One side, Scunthorpe United in a deal which will keep him at Glanford Park until at least the end of October.

The 19 year-old Everton defender has impressed Scunthorpe manager, Alan Knill, in his four appearances for the Irons so far and the club are keen to hold on to what Knill calls “a proper centre-half”.

Due to the nature of his “Youth Development Loan” deal from parent club Everton, Duffy can only sign on loan for one month at a time but it’s believed that he will remain with Scunthorpe until Christmas.

“I’ve spoken to Shane and he is benefiting from playing in someone’s first team,” said the Iron boss. “It’s better he plays in a competitive team that is playing quite well rather than the reserves.

“That’s what they sent him to us for, to learn, and that’s what he’s doing. And I have to say, I think he’s getting better. The thing I like most about him is when the ball comes into the box, he really wants to head it – before anybody else. He’s a proper centre-half.”

Duffy was called up into the latest Republic of Ireland U21 squad for the forthcoming UEFA 2013 European Championship qualifier against Liechtenstein on Tuesday, October 11th.

All-Square in local derby

Maiden City Academy . .. . . . 1

Oxford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Maiden City Academy missed a series of chances as they were held to a share of the spoils by Oxford in the U16 National League on Sunday.

MCA forwards, Porter and Doherty, were getting onto the end of half chances in the early stages, however, they were unable to convert them.

However, Oxford stood firm and began to cause the MCA defence a few problems of their own but Mulhern and Duffy defended well.

The Waterside club were to rue their missed chances as Connolly converted an inswinging corner to give Mulcahy no chance in the Maiden City Academy nets.

After sustained pressure from MCA, Niall Coyle found space inside the box and he powered home a half volley to bring his side level.

Oxford went forward in an attempt to reestablish their lead and they went close through McCallion and Ryan.

However it was Jamie McIntyre who was presented with the best chance to win the game for his side as he evaded Slevin on the left only to somehow drag his shot wide of the target when it looked easier to score.