Friday 2 December 2016

Emotional Brady savours greatest night of his career

Published 23/06/2016 | 02:30

Robbie Brady celebrates a famous victory with Martin O’Neill. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Robbie Brady celebrates a famous victory with Martin O’Neill. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

An emotional Robbie Brady described his stunning match-winner in Lille as like 'an out-of-body experience'.

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Brady was in tears as he embraced his girlfriend and family in the crowd after the final whistle, having headed Ireland into the last 16 of Euro 2016.

"I think I sort of lost myself a bit in the celebrations," grinned the former St Kevin's boy.

"I couldn't help it, it's what dreams are made of. All credit to us, we did the job for everyone who came to see and every Irish person following us around the world. It's a proud moment for me and the team.

"I can't really explain the feeling. You hear people who have scored these type of goals speaking about it and they say it's like an out-of-body experience and I was lucky enough to feel that.

"What a moment for everyone involved. We said that we were going to come here and do a job and we have. We've made history and we're through. I can't remember the goal, I just remember my legs carrying me into the box. I had trust in myself and I got my head on it. I'm so emotional, I'm lost for words.

"Look around and see how much it means to people. I've been dreaming of this moment since I was a kid. And to do it with my family watching from the stands ... it's incredible."

Revelation

Shane Duffy, a revelation on his competitive debut, grinned "Bring on Sunday!" in reference to Ireland's looming clash with France in Lyon, the first meeting of the countries since Thierry Henry's infamous handball at the Stade de France in 2009.

"This was brilliant to be involved in. I always kept myself ready. You never know what happens in football. It's hard to sum up at the minute because I didn't play a minute in qualifying. Football changes so quickly and I'm grateful to the boss for picking me. I thrived off it. I thrive off big games."

Asked if there had been any moment his career thus far to match last night, Duffy was emphatic. "No," he said, "that's the best night of my career up to now and hopefully I can get many more like that."

As to the game with France, he stressed: "That's what you're here for, to play those big teams and we've played three of them already.

"I felt comfortable out there, but I thought the whole team played well. I can always get better at things and improve, this is still an early stage of my career. With more time to play, hopefully I can get better.

"Don't get me wrong, for the first ten minutes or so I was quite nervous which you'd expect, but I just tried to take it all in, concentrate and try to settle down."

Irish Independent

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