Ringmahon graduate Alan Browne delighted to make his competitive debut for Ireland in Euro 2020 qualifier

Ringmahon graduate Alan Browne delighted to make his competitive debut for Ireland in Euro 2020 qualifier
Alan Browne and Jeff Hendrick at training. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

ALAN Browne said it was an honour to make his competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 draw with Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium last week

The Cork native replaced goal scorer David McGoldrick in the closing stages of their crucial Euro 2020 qualifier and speaking exclusively to the Echo afterwards, Browne added that it was a proud moment for his family.

“It was an honour,” said Browne. “I felt fresh going into the game so I was hoping to get on at some stage and thankfully I did.

“It’s another cap for me and it was my competitive debut so it was a real honour for me and I’m sure my family that were in the crowd would be really proud of that.

“I was quite relaxed to be fair, I don’t really get nervous or get too giddy because I think it takes the focus off the task in hand.

“I just wanted to go on and make sure that we didn’t concede and if the chance came along to try and nick another but I think a point was fair in the end.

“He (David McGoldrick) had run his socks off and he deserved that ovation as he was coming off. At that stage, it was just about me coming on and seeing out the game.

“But I think to come on in such an important game in the moment that I did – the fans were rocking after the goal – it was just brilliant. It was a great atmosphere and it was something that I will never forget.” The draw leaves Mick McCarthy’s undefeated side three points clear of Denmark at the top of Group D and six points ahead of the Swiss albeit they have played more games than both.

“It could be huge (the result),” claimed the Preston North End playmaker.

“They are a good side, we knew that when they were coming here we knew that they have some quality players in their team.

“But collectively they are a good group and they play good football so we knew it was going to be a tough game. It could prove to be a massive point and a crucial goal for us in the competition.

“I thought they probably dominated parts of the game but without really creating much. I don’t think we had too much to defend and they didn’t really test our keeper that often.

“It was a well-worked move for their goal but overall I think we had the better of the chances. We took our goal at the right time when it came along and we definitely deserved a point out of it.” 

Next up for the Boys in Green is a friendly against Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night and Browne is hoping he will get the opportunity to win another international cap.

“Yeah hopefully. I don’t know what the gaffer’s intentions are whether he is going to play the same team or freshen it up and have a look at people but for me it is about working hard between now and the game in training and hopefully I will get another chance at some stage” concluded the 24-year-old.

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