CORK’S Alan Browne and Kevin Long scored their first International goals as the Republic of Ireland — captained by John Egan — defeated Bulgaria 3-1 in their friendly at the Aviva Stadium last night.
The Bandon man took his place in the back four alongside fellow Leesiders Egan and Kevin Long, while Browne featured in a slightly more advanced position further up the pitch in midfield.
They needed Josh Cullen and Egan to produce last-ditch blocks to deny the Bulgarians midway through the first half shortly after Browne sliced a difficult half volley wide of the target.
Browne would finally give Ireland the lead in the 56th minute with his first goal for the senior side in his fifth appearance.
But Ireland would snatch the win in the closing stages as Kevin Long headed home at the back post before James Collins added a third late on.