Manchester United youngster Kieran O’Hara is celebrating making his Republic of Ireland debut.
O’Hara came off the bench for the final 15 minutes of Ireland’s friendly win over Bulgaria.
Mick McCarthy’s Ireland won the match 3-1, and conceded their goal before O’Hara came on.
This was a huge moment in the career of the young goalkeeper, who expressed his excitement on Twitter after the match.
O’Hara’s breakthrough at international level is reward for the hard work he has put in so far in 2019.
He is on loan at Burton Albion and has established himself as first choice at the promotion challenging League One side.
This is a step up from his loan at Macclesfield Town in League Two last season, who were battling against relegation.
This is the seventh loan of O’Hara’s career, which include two spells at Morecambe, along with non-league sides Fylde and Trafford.
He is slowly working his way up the football league ladder, still under contract to United.
Yet at this point he is 23-years-old, and breaking into the first team could be an impossible task.
Presently he is behind David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Dean Henderson, Joel Pereira, and possibly just above Matej Kovar.
Goalkeepers often do not enter their prime until their late 20s and 30s, so United might be right to retain O’Hara for now.
If De Gea leaves, and Grant is also shown the door, he might just fancy his chances of getting in the mix.
It’s a real long shot, but his international debut will give him belief that anything is possible.
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