Daryl Horgan put down a statement of intent with his performance on his international debut versus Iceland last night.
The former Dundalk winger came on as a second half substitute to a rousing ovation from the Aviva crowd. After the match, Irish manager Martin O’ Neill singled Horgan out as a star performer and a player who can come away from the friendly with an enhanced reputation.
“There were a number who made debuts – that was great for them, going out on to the field in an Irish shirt.”
“We had a lot of the ball in the second half, I thought Horgan coming on did really fine in the time he was on the field. He caused a few problems and whipped in a couple of great balls and unfortunately we weren’t able to finish them off.”
The Preston North End man impressed not only his manager, but supporters alike with his high work rate and dangerous attacking mentality. With his extensive League of Ireland history, it is easy to see why fans of the boys in green have warmed to Horgan so quickly.
Daryl Horgan was very impressive tonight when he came on for his debut. Excited to watch him progress in his Ireland career. Top talent ??
— Eric Donovan (@eric_donovan60) March 28, 2017
Preston's Daryl Horgan was the pick of the Republic's four debutants.
— Josh Bunting (@Distillerymad) March 28, 2017
Daryl Horgan the first player namechecked by Martin O'Neill in post-match presser as he searches for positives from the game
— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) March 28, 2017
Daryl Horgan will definitely be getting more call-ups after tonight, great effort! #IRLICE
— Nicola Bardon (@NicolaBardon) March 28, 2017
So refreshing seeing the likes of Daryl Horgan a League of Ireland player getting a chance on an international stage ??
— JOD (@Jack_OD3) March 28, 2017
In his post match interview with FAI TV, the debuatant did not hesitate in letting his ambitions be known. Jokingly, the 24 year old stated he has “150 caps and a World Cup” in his sights when quizzed about his hopes for a future in international football.
If Horgan is to continue making strides in the direction he is headed, we can be sure to be seeing him in contention for more caps in the remainder of Ireland’s World Cup qualification campaign.