Friday 15 December 2017

The question nobody asked

The question nobody asked

Aidan O'Hara

Aidan O'Hara

Who scored the first goal for each permanent Ireland manager?

ROBBIE KEANE became a quiz question for future years when he scored the first goal of the Martin O'Neill era on Friday night, although some of the more recent vintage are difficult to recall.

Gerry Daly is the only man to have the distinction of scoring first for two different Ireland managers. He netted in the game against the Netherlands during Eoin Hand's first game in charge. That came in an impressive 2-1 victory during the qualifiers for the 1982 World Cup while, four years later, Daly was on the mark in Jack Charlton's second game with the first goal of his tenure against Uruguay.

It was Don Givens who was on the mark for Mick Meagan – Ireland's first permanent manager – with a goal against Scotland at Dalymount Park in 1969. Mick Leech netted for Liam Tuohy against Iran, while Miah Dennehy started John Giles' tenure with a goal against Poland.

More recently, Keith O'Neill scored for Ireland against Croatia in what was Mick McCarthy's fourth game in charge; Kevin Kilbane netted in Brian Kerr's opening victory against Scotland, while Damien Duff got Steve Staunton's era off to a flier against Sweden.

Andy Keogh, against Serbia, salvaged a 1-1 draw in Giovanni Trapattoni's first game at Croke Park.

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