A good week for Seamus Coleman

First goal for his country, and interest from Man United

Peter Campbell


Peter Campbell



A good seek for Seamus Coleman

Ireland's Seamus Coleman scores against Georgia. Photo: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Seamus Coleman celebrates his 28th birthday today and he has other things to celebrate after a big week for the Killybegs man.
There has also been speculation that he could be a target for a mega transfer to Manchester United in the January transfer window.
Many of the English newspapers were carrying this story over the past few days, and his performances over the weekend for Ireland would not have done him any harm.
On Thursday night Coleman showed his true leadership qualities to lead Ireland to victory over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium, scoring his first goal for his country and ending the night with the man of the match award.
With Ireland struggling, some ten minutes into the second half, Coleman went on a mazy run and cut in along the endline. His cross rebounded to himself and he somehow managed to squeeze the ball to the net from close range.
It was a timely intervention by the Killybegs man, who had the captain's armband once more.
Ireland had to defend for long periods but Coleman and his teammates put in a good shift, especially in the second half.
He was named by Ronnie Whelan as the RTE Man of the match.
Then on Sunday night Ireland were in Moldova for their third qualifier game and Coleman set up one of the goals for James McClean in a 3-1 win.

Speaking after scoring his first goal on Thursday night, Coleman said it was a relief to finally get on the scoresheet for his country.
"I'm known as an attacking full back and I should have had one before now. You know, most importantly, as everyone will say, it is the three points tonight," was the reaction of Coleman afterwards."

Ireland weren't at their best against Moldova either, and left themselves with a bit of work to do in the second half when conceding an equaliser on the stroke of half time.

Martin O'Neill's side dug out a win and top the group along with Serbia

"It's a massive win," Coleman said.

"We wanted three points and that's what we achieved and that's all that matters.''