Alex Pearce 'dream' debut for IrelandBy Jonny Fordham
September 12, 2012
Alex Pearce said it was a "dream come true" to score on his Republic of Ireland debut.
The 23-year-old centre-back nodded home a header in the 84th minute as he played the whole of the second-half in the 4-1 win over Oman at Craven Cottage last night.
Speaking to the Reading Post after the game, the Royals Academy graduate said: "It felt great - it was a dream come true to play for Ireland and score a goal.
"I was a bit nervous, but so excited to just get out there. Oman kept the ball really well and they had some good technical players.
"They managed to get the goal in the second-half, which was the only negative from our point of view."
Pearce was in familiar company amongst the squad with ex-Royals Kevin Doyle, Shane Long and Simon Cox all involved on the night.
"They're great lads and they helped me settle in straight away, I'm really pleased to be part of a team with them," he said.
Ireland have World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands next month and Pearce has given manager Giovanni Trapattoni a real selection headache after winning his first cap.
But the grounded defender added: "You can't control what happens. It's been a great experience to be part of Mr Trapattoni's squad and to learn of him and the others in the group has been a great thing."