Former DPMM FC star O’Donovan shines in A-League

Fadhil Yunus

Former DPMM FC star Roy O’Donovan has taken the A-League by storm after continuing his goal-scoring prowess for new employers Newcastle Jets during the interrupted 2019-2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Irishman has netted three goals in his seven appearances for the Jets since joining from Brisbane Roar, another A-League club where he has made an impact, in February.

O’Donovan was an integral member of the DPMM FC team in the 2014 season that won the Singapore League Cup.

The Brunei-based outfit narrowly missed out on the Singapore league title after a defeat at the last day of the season to Tampines Rovers FC helped Warriors pip them to the title.

Once on the books of Sunderland when they competed in the Premier League during the 2007-08 season, O’Donovan enjoyed a prolific campaign with the Gegar Gegar men after registering 15 goals in 24 league appearances.

Former DPMM FC striker Roy O’Donovan celebrates a goal for current team Newcastle Jets. PHOTO: NEWCASTLE HERALD

During his sole season in Brunei, he formed a lethal partnership with former DPMM FC striker Rodrigo Tosi with the fan favourite scooping the top scorer award with 24 goals.

The Cork-born native was equally as prolific in the Singapore League Cup after scoring four goals in five matches including a hat-trick in a 3-2 win against Hougang United, which lifted his team at the top of the group and qualify for the knock-out phase.

After leaving DPMM FC, O’Donovan signed for Indonesian club Mitra Kukar but his stay was short-lived having featured just once for the side.

O’Donovan embarked a new chapter in the A-League when he joined the Central Coast Mariners in 2015, marking his debut with a goal against Perth Glory.

Despite being handed an eight-game suspension by the Football Federation Australia disciplinary committee for a deliberate head-butt on former Wellington Phoenix defender Manny Muscat, he ended the season as the club’s golden boot winner and won the Hyundai A-League Goal of the Season award.

Having been reportedly pursued by a host of A-League clubs for his signature, O’Donovan signed a two-year contract with Newcastle Jets and helped the side reach the A-League Grand Final in his first year with the club.

He moved to Brisbane Roar – managed by Liverpool FC legend Robbie Fowler – in June last year before re-joining the Jets this February.

O’Donovan is establishing himself as one of the top marksmen in the A-League having amassed 48 goals in 98 league appearances for three different clubs spanning five seasons.