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Martin O’Neill Says One Debut Maker Vs Iceland Really Impressed On His First Outing

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.

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.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.