Its always good to see one of your own do well, so watching this evening’s epic encounter (tongue firmly in cheek) between the FAI and the IFA, I mean the Republic and North of Ireland, it put a smile one my face seeing Stephen Ward make his full international debut. To see him score on his debut made that smile even bigger. An ex-Bohs man scoring on his full international debut, I feel strangely proud.
This year has seen LOI exports take on granny rule imports for places in the Ireland squad, with Ward, Keith Fahey and Seamus Coleman who plied their trade in our league until recently making the breakthrough on an international level alongside the likes of Lawrence, Cox and Folan. Its just a pity that it seems to take that trip across the water in order to get an international call up. Glenn Crowe, will we see your likes again?
(Apologies for the big “Sportsfile” scrawled across Stephen’s face… It was the only decent pic I could find… Any opinions on who is doing better? The imports or the exports?)