Monday 16 September 2019

McGoldrick relieved to finally break Ireland duck

David McGoldrick celebrates his goal. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
David McGoldrick celebrates his goal. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

David McGoldrick admitted the wait for his first international goal was weighing on his mind before he broke his duck with the crucial late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw in Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifier.

McGoldrick's header sparked wild scenes of celebration around the Aviva Stadium, with the Sheffield United striker confirming he was relieved to finally get off the mark in a green shirt.

David McGoldrick's goal. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
David McGoldrick's goal. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

"Yeah it's been a long time coming," he said. "I've hit the bar, hit the post, had goals disallowed, but that was one of the best feelings I've had scoring that first goal and great to get a draw as well.

"We had to put in a shift today, they're a good team. We stuck through it, we know it's going to be tight.

"It shows what we're about when we're 1-0 down against a good team and getting a draw.

"We're in the mix, it's in our hands. We've got some tough games to come but I think if we play like that we're hard to play against and it will stand us in good stead.

"The place was rocking and it was great to reward them with a goal and get that point we deserved."

"It's a huge point," Shane Duffy added. "We know they are a very good team and going 1-0 down, we saw the character in this team as we never give up. We kept going and kept going.

"It might not have been our night on the ball creating stuff, but we know what we want to get from the game. It was hard work, everyone gave 100 per-cent and put their bodies on the line and we got the draw.

"If we can add a bit of qualify in the final third, we will win more games. It's a bit disappointing that we didn't get our own game going, but it continues our unbeaten start and we know every point counts in this group.

"We have two big games (away in Georgia and Switzerland), so let's see where we are after that."

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