JUST a few days after Alan Browne spoke to the Echo about his pride at making his first competitive appearance for the Republic of Ireland, he was back in the media area at the Aviva Stadium reflecting on his first international goal.
“I feel fantastic. It is always a nice feeling scoring a goal but to get your first goal for your country is an even better feeling,” said the former Ringmahon Rangers midfielder.
The goal itself may not have come from the 20-yard half-volley that he attempted in the first half but a tap in from a couple of yards in the second half instead, but that mattered little to the 24-year-old.
“I had an opportunity in the first half where my eyes probably lit up a bit but I didn’t connect with it as well as I would have hoped,” he added.
“But thankfully I was in the right place at the right time to get a tap in. Any goal is a good goal in my eyes and I was really pleased with that.
“I didn’t want to go too mad (celebrating) then because it was just a tap in but I usually just knee slide and then I went to thank Scotty (Hogan) because I’m not sure it was a pass but he easily could have went for goal but he gave me an easy opportunity to score.
“But it is something that I will now look to build on at club level and at international level, there is a long road ahead we have got some tough games coming up. I just need to do my best at club level and hopefully break into the starting line-up.”
It was a memorable night for his Cork teammates Kevin Long, who also got his first Ireland goal, and John Egan, who captained the side, but Browne insisted they now need to use this to stake a claim for a place in the starting 11.
“It was fantastic especially for us Cork boys but we can’t stop there we need to look to break into the starting line-up,” he said.
“It is tough because the boys that have been playing have been fantastic in this campaign so far. I think they deserve to keep their place but if a chance comes along then we need to be ready to take it.
“Overall we can be really pleased, it was disappointing to concede a goal but I think our reaction was fantastic.
“It is all about momentum and confidence in this game and we are starting to build on that now.
“There is a great atmosphere around the place and when you are getting results everyone is happy so I think we can be really pleased overall with the last two results.”