Fans hail Dermot Kennedy for his football skills as singer stars in Soccer Aid

DERMOT KENNEDY showed he’s multi-talented with a man of the match display in this year’s Soccer Aid charity fundraiser.

The singer-songwriter anchored midfield for the World XI and even rifled home a penalty in the decisive shootout after it had finished 1-1.

Playing as a defensive midfielder, he dominated tackles throughout the match

Playing as a defensive midfielder, he dominated tackles throughout the matchCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The Dublin native has had a meteoric rise to fame in the last 18 months or soCredit: PA:Press Association

Speaking to ITV afterwards, Kennedy said he was helped a lot by playing alongside Chelsea legend Michael Essien.

He said: “He looks after you, he really does.

“It’s phenomenal to see how he’s just never caught out of possession.

“There’s never a bad touch, it’s really beautiful to get to share that with him.”


And he wasn’t the only Irish player to make a real impact as it was Robbie Keane who scored his side’s goal in regulation with a typically composed curled effort.

But while Ireland’s record goalscorer still being a handy player didn’t come as a surprise to anyone, fans heaped praise on the musician for proving he’s quite the athlete too.

Apart from puns about him not looking ‘Outnumbered’ in the middle of the park or playing ‘Without Fear’, one of the most common jokes was that he impressed more than Ireland’s midfielders against Finland.

It was another frustrating evening for The Boys in Green as despite Stephen Kenny ringing the changes in midfield, creativity was still lacking.

Debutant Jayson Molumby did work tirelessly alongside Harry Arter and Robbie Brady but in truth, their Finnish counterparts influenced the game more as Ireland lost out 1-0.

But with it being very early days under Stephen Kenny, Brady said afterwards that fans ought to be patient as the kind of transformation job the new boss is attempting is bound to take a while to fully implement.

He said: “I think the more work we get in with the manager and coaching staff will only push us forward.

“So we’ve had a great week, minus the games which is the main part. 

“We didn’t think we played as well as we could.”


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