Edinburgh-born rugby player Mike Doneghan is looking to help London Scottish defeat Worcester Warriors in tomorrow night’s Greene King IPA English Championship semi-final second leg and give himself the perfect birthday present.
Doneghan, who started playing rugby at Linlithgow and then was involved as a teenager at Stewart’s Melville College and then the Stewart’s Melville club, turned 24 yesterday.
He played as London Scottish lost the first leg at the Richmond Athletic Ground 27-22 on Saturday, however the fact they were leading until the closing minutes has given them hope that they can still progress to the final.
Doneghan, whose older brother Ross has also been on London Scottish’s books this term, said: “We knew that we were going into the tie as underdogs because Worcester were a Premiership team last year and have quite a lot of experienced players in their squad.
“This season, despite its ups and downs, has shown us that we are good enough to compete with these types of teams though and on Saturday we showed that in large patches.
“Having battled back to then be ahead with only a few minutes remaining we were all disappointed to have conceded a penalty try, but we know we are still very much in the tie.
“We will head up to their ground on Friday in confident mood and we will still be seen as the underdogs so hopefully we can surprise a few people. Certainly all of the pressure will be on them because they will be expected to win so we have to remain focused and try and get the win ourselves.”
Having played club rugby in Scotland and been involved at Glasgow Warriors and earned a number of age-grade caps, winger/centre Doneghan firstly moved south in 2012.
He spent a season with Rotherham Titans before moving to London Scottish in the summer of 2013.
Last season he played in the majority of matches for the first XV, but this time out a hamstring injury has limited his appearances.
“I played in the first four matches of the season, but then suffered a hamstring injury and that was a real blow to me. I was out all in all for about four months and since coming back it has been hard to get into the team.
“I started in the first leg and felt I did well though, so hopefully I will be involved again on Friday night and can make my mark,” Doneghan concluded.