Jack Byrne was almost lost for words following the Republic of Ireland’s friendly with Bulgaria, such was his pride at making his debut for the senior team.
Byrne came on for the final 30-minutes of Ireland’s 3-1 win at the Aviva Stadium and helped swing the game. The Shamrock Rovers midfielder set up Ireland’s second goal with a pinpoint delivery from a corner to the back post, where Kevin Long scored with a header. He was then centrally involved in the team’s third goal.
Byrne floated a deft pass out to Enda Stevens at the edge of the penalty area, before the Sheffield United full-back crossed for James Collins to poke the ball home for a goal on his debut.
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) September 10, 2019
Although it was only a friendly and Bulgaria were modest opposition, Byrne showed that he has the quality required to make a difference at senior level. Ireland’s midfield instantly improved when he came on. He was bright and proactive in possession, constantly demanded the ball and took up dangerous positions between the lines. Hopefully, it won’t his last involved with the Ireland team, nor should it be.
Following the game, Byrne spoke about his pride in making his debut, and to do so in front of his family in friends in his home city. He said that he would get his match jersey signed by his Ireland teammates and give it to his mother for her to hang up in their family home.
You can watch Jack’s interview with Virgin Media Sport here:
"I'm going to get it signed and it will go up somewhere in my ma's gaff!"
Jack Byrne was in great form after making his debut for Ireland 🇮🇪🙌
— Pundit Arena (@PunditArena) September 11, 2019