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Leg break despair for Northern Ireland star Magennis

By Marshall Gillespie

Published 11/01/2010

Northern Ireland Under-21 striker Josh Magennis was surprisingly given his first league start in a Cardiff City shirt by boss Dave Jones at the weekend however the teenager’s joy turned to despair when he suffered a fractured fibula 10 minutes before half-time in the 1-1 draw with Blackpool.

Magennis, unlucky not to score when his header crashed off the crossbar in the 25th minute, put in a lively display for the Welsh outfit before his injury, and the Bluebirds manager admitted it was a huge blow to the club to lose the services of the 19 year-old.

“It's heartbreaking for Josh,” said Jones. “He felt something crack. I felt it was a poor challenge.

“With Jay (Boothroyd) unavailable, I’d picked him to give us some height up front against the big Blackpool defenders and he was doing really well.”

Magennis’ replacement was fellow Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney who was making only his third appearance of the season for the club.

Also in the Championship Sammy Clingan was among the scorers as Coventry City defeated Barnsley 3-1 at the Ricoh Stadium.

The midfielder’s fourth goal of the campaign was a terrific 27th minute volley reminiscent of Paolo Di Canio’s strike for West Ham against Wimbledon nearly 10 years ago.

Unfortunately it was not such a good day for Leicester City’s on-loan defender Ryan McGivern who had the misfortune to put through his own goal in the first minute of the Foxes’ 1-1 draw at home to Roy Keane’s Ipswich Town yesterday.

Meanwhile, in the Scottish Cup Andy Kirk was celebrating taking his tally for the season to 12 following a brace in Dunfermline’s emphatic 7-1 fourth round success at home to Stenhousemuir.

Kirk’s chances of a possible fifth round clash against Celtic appear to be in the balance though after it was discovered that the Pars fielded an ineligible player in the match.

Belfast Telegraph

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