Killybegs’ Seamus Coleman had a week to remember with a goal on opening day of the Premier League season and a chance to captain Ireland for the first time.
Everton’s Coleman teed up teenager Ross Barkley to cancel out Steven Whittaker’s opener for Norwich City at Carrow Road before shooting the Merseysiders in front on 65 minutes.
However, a headed goal from Ricky van Wolfswinkel made it 2-2 on Roberto Martinez’s debut as Everton manager.
“The gaffer told me after the first half to get a bit more forward in the second,” Coleman said afterwards. “I think the keeper made a save and thankfully it broke to me. I just made sure I kept my head down and ensured it went in.”
It was Coleman’s first Premier League goal since January 2011, when he scored the winner against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park.
“I am delighted to score because it has been a while,” Coleman added. “It is always hard to take conceding a late goal. But first game of the season, away from home, a point wasn’t a bad result.”
On Wednesday night in at the Cardiff City Stadium, Coleman captained Ireland for the last 10 minutes after John O’Shea’s withdrawal in the 0-0 draw against Wales.