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Congratulations to Stephen Gleeson ( Birmingham City ), who scored a well taken goal four minutes after coming on as a 73rd minute substitute in the Republic of Ireland's 3-1 defeat by Mexico in a friendly international in New Jersey on Friday morning.
Stephen had a track record of scoring important goals for the Orchard, most notably the goal against Crumlin Utd in Pearse Park that effectively won the 14 Premier league in 2003 and a superb volley in the 2-1 success against St Josephs in the SFAI under 15 Evans Cup final a year later. He then joined Wolves, before moving to MK Dons in 2009 and Birmingham five seasons later.
Stephen made his senior international debut as an 18 year old against Ecuador (1-1) in the US in 2007 and also played as a substitute in the 1-1 draw against Bolivia on the same trip. He then had to wait almost 10 years for his next appearance, which came in the 1-0 loss to Iceland at the Aviva Stadium in March of this year.
Well done Stephen. 🍒🍒🍒