Sunday 22 September 2019

Jack Byrne 'buzzing' after dream Ireland debut in win over Bulgaria

Ireland's Jack Byrne is pictured in action during the friendly win over Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Ireland's Jack Byrne is pictured in action during the friendly win over Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Jack Byrne is a man in a hurry.

He has just had the rare honour of winning a senior cap as a player plying his trade in the League of Ireland.

But playing, rather than talking, is more important to the 23-year-old. "Do I have to do this, I'm dying to go and see my family," he says when asked to speak about his senior debut.

But Byrne was one of the talking points of the night as he claimed an assist for one of Ireland's goals and helped set up another.

"Mick (McCarthy) just said to go enjoy it. And afterwards he said I know it's a proud day for you, go and enjoy it with your family," said Byrne.

"I'm buzzing to just get on the pitch and obviously to affect the game is special. I can't explain it.

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"I had no nerves, I just wanted to show people what I can do and if that's good enough, it's good enough.

"If not, then no bother, I'll just dust myself off and go again and just keep trying.

"I'm not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but I'll keep trying, I'll try my best, get on the ball and do what I can do.

"I'm not going to go around smashing people. The way I'm going to affect the game is like that."

His pass to Enda Stevens played a key part in that third goal for Kevin Long.

"You are obviously playing with good players who are making the runs, so I trust myself that I'll find him," added Byrne.

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