Skip to main content Skip to site footer
First Team News

Browne Helps Republic of Ireland To Victory

11 June 2022

First Team News

Browne Helps Republic of Ireland To Victory

11 June 2022

North End captain Alan Browne opened the scoring for Republic of Ireland in their 3-0 win over Scotland.

Stephen Kenny's men took on Scotland in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday evening and were comfortable winners on the night, with Browne scoring the first of the goals with 20 minutes on the clock.

Goals from Troy Parrott and Michael Obafemi either side of half-time then ensured Ireland took all three points in the Group E clash.

Browne, who started the game at the Aviva to earn his 22nd cap for the boys in green, was delighted to see his side get back to winning ways after a disappointing start to their Nations League campaign.

Speaking to Premier Sports after the game, the PNE skipper said: "It was brilliant, I think given our start to this campaign, tonight was a massive chance for us to really kickstart what we wanted to do from the beginning. Thankfully we were on the end of the right result tonight and I think we had the performance to match that.

"I think at this level you have got to be motivated for every game and I think we have been right from the start of this campaign but we've found ourselves on the wrong end of two results.

"Given such a shocking start to it, tonight was really important for us to get some points on the board and as I said we have shown the performance to match that. I think we had that in the other two games but the result is all that matters and thankfully we managed to get the three points tonight."

On his goal, Browney continued: "The gaffer said before the game just to get myself in the box and sniff around and thankfully it just fell nicely to me and it found its way in to the back of the net.

"I don't really know where it hit me or anything, I didn't know too much about it but that was the all important first goal that we've been lacking in previous games and thankfully I managed to find that tonight and I think from that point onwards, we really dominated the game."

Next up for Ireland is a trip to Poland to take on Ukraine on Tuesday 14th June, and the midfielder is hoping he and his teammates can build on the three points against Scotland.

"We've got belief going in to every game, as I said the first goal is crucial at this level, you know teams come out of their slots and then you can really pick them off and I think we proved that tonight and hopefully we can go in to the next game with that confidence and a good atmosphere around the place."

Elsewhere on the international stage, Ali McCann played 68 minutes for Northern Ireland on Thursday evening in their 3-2 defeat to Kosovo, and could feature once again when they host Cyprus on Sunday afternoon.

Advertisement block

iFollow Next Match Tickets Account