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Mayo teenager makes La Liga debut


LOCAL LINKS John Joe Patrick Finn

THERE was some unusual interest in Spanish top flight soccer in some East Mayo circles last week for Getafe’s trip to Levante.
It had a lot to do with the fact that John Joe Patrick Finn made his La Liga debut in Getafe’s 3-0 defeat. And it just so happens that Finn’s father is a native of Ballyhaunis.
17 year-old John Joe Patrick Finn was born in Madrid after his father emigrated to the Spanish capital over 20 years ago, but the family regularly return home to Ballyhaunis to see their relatives.
Finn was formerly on the books of the La Liga giants, Real Madrid, since the age of nine, before moving to Getafe.
The midfielder is, of course, eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland in the future. However, he also qualifies for his native Spain and for Cameroon, where his mother hails from.
When Finn was summoned from the bench last week his team were already 3-0 down, and reduced to nine men following red cards to two of his team-mates, so it was a harsh baptism of fire to La Liga football for the teenager.
But the future looks incredibly bright for him and no doubt those involved in the higher echelons of Irish international football will be keeping an eye on his progress in the weeks ahead.

Ger Flanagan

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