Daryl Horgan’s decision to move to Hibernian looks pretty good right about now.
The former Dundalk standout was in situ at Championship side Preston North End since last year, but decided to move to pastures new only last weekend due to a stark warning from Ireland manager Martin O’Neill regarding play time.
Horgan’s debut for the Scottish side as a 63rd minute substitute against St. Johnstone was a low-key affair, but he was given a starting berth in their League Cup game against Ross County today.
The 26-year-old set up David Gray’s opener, but Neil Lennon’s team were 2-1 down heading into the final twenty minutes, and facing a premature Cup exit.
Stephen Mallan equallised after 70 minutes, before Horgan made his presence known in the first minute of added time. The winger scored the winner with a curling effort in his first appearance at the Easter Road Stadium to send Hibs into the third round.
Daryl Horgans goal, what a fucking finish son pic.twitter.com/5a498JwnhS
— Sean (@seannmurphyy) August 19, 2018
Well done to former #LeagueOfIreland player Daryl Horgan today who scored in the 91st minute to put Hibs through to the next round of the Scottish Cup.#LOIAbroad #MadeInTheLOI #GreatestLeagueInTheWorld pic.twitter.com/tldXUqiPnw
— Domestic Ireland (@DomesticIreland) August 19, 2018
“It could have gone a bit better, there are some bits and pieces of the game that I have to work on and improve, but that’ll hopefully come with game time,” Horgan admitted to Hibs TV. “But I’m obviously delighted to get the win, and the goal, which is brilliant.”
He credited Lennon with giving him the freedom to run with the ball and take on defenders.
“He told me before the game: ‘When you get the ball, get at your full back. I don’t mind if you lose the ball – keep trying it’.”
Lennon spoke highly of Horgan upon signing him, and so far, it looks like a match made in heaven.