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Having played a number of reserve team pre season friendlies last summer and having played all last season with the Under 23's it was fantastic to see Dara O'Shea make his debut with the WBA full first team squad in Austria tonight against Czech champions Slavia Prague - coming on at half time in a 2-1 defeat ( James McClean scoring in the first half to give WBA a 1-0 half time lead) and playing well and almost getting on the scoresheet with a header that came back off the crossbar.
Albion 1st half (4-1-4-1): Foster; Nyom, Evans, Dawson, Brunt; Yacob; McClean, Livermore, Rodriguez Phillips; Rondon.
Albion 2nd half (4-4-1-1) : Myhill, Lowe (on trial), Wilson, O'Shea, Melbourne; McManaman, Harper, Field, Leko; Robson-Kanu; Roberts.
Slavia Prague (4-1-4-1): Lastuvka, Boril (Flo 45), Deli, Jugos, Frydrych; Ngadeu; Danny (Altintop 45), Rotan, Husbauer, Van Buren (Soucek 45); Skoda. Subs: Trubac, Altintop, Zmrhal, Alvir, Tecl, Bilek, Tomas, Scuck, Mesanovic.
Read more at https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/west-bromwich-albion/2017/07/12/slavia-prague-2-west-brom-1---report-and-pictures/#YwDq8Zs38XLoPWw0.99
Dara was a commanding presence for Jimmy Shan's Under 23's last year, despite having only just been promoted from the 18's and is by no means a surprise inclusion in the Austria squad.
Uncompromising and dogged he is an old-fashioned centre-half who puts defending first and his personal safety second.
At just 18 years of age he is not expected to challenge for a first team place just yet but he may surprise some commentators especially if he continues his rate of progress and stays injury free. He is expected to feature prominently in pre-season friendlies before securing a lower league loan.