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David Meyler "thrilled" for McGoldrick after his timely first Ireland goal

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

22:31 5 Sep 2019

Ex-Ireland midfielder David Meyler has showered praise on David McGoldrick after his goal earned a 1-1 draw against Switzerland.

His first goal for Ireland came at the right time as it salvaged a result from the crucial Euro 2020 qualifier.

It also keeps Ireland top of qualifying Group D on 11 points, three points clear of Denmark who thrashed Gibraltar 6-0.

Meyler was on Off The Ball co-commentary duty at the Aviva Stadium tonight and also shared his reaction to McGoldrick's goal at full-time.

"It was incredible. First, give great respect and James McClean great credit," he said.

Delighted

"Because he worked very hard to come back and win the ball. The cross took the deflection and it looped up for McGoldrick went and attacked it.

"I'm thrilled for him, I'm delighted for him that he gets his first international goal in such an important game.

"The defenders got stuck in the mud and McGoldrick has the run on him which inevitably leaves him to go and attack it.

Ireland, David McGoldrick, Switzerland Ireland's David McGoldrick celebrates scoring his sides equalising goal
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"He puts the ball in the back of the net and he blows the defender out of it.

"It's a very good point and the lads will be thrilled."

Meyler also gave his perspective on the Swiss goal from Newcastle defender Fabian Schar.

"Schar had threatened a lot throughout the game, coming forward and bringing the ball out," he said.

"Now, we limited it to shooting from distance from 20, 25 and even 30 yards.

"And then he gets himself inside the box and look, it's a lovely finish. I think it's his eighth international goal in 51-52 caps which is remarkable for a centre-half."

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