UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE

Former Finn Harps man Williams hits first international goal

Ireland slump to heavy defeat in Cardiff

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Former Finn Harps man Williams hits first international goal

Shaun Williams

On a night when the Republic of Ireland slumped to another heavy defeat, it was a game to remember for former Finn Harps player Shaun Williams who came off the bench to score his first ever international goal.

Williams of Millwall hit a consolation goal for Martin O’Neill’s side who went down to a disappointing 4-1 defeat in Cardiff.

Thursday night’s UEFA Nations League opener was over as a contest by half-time at which stage Wales led 3-0 thanks to goals from Tom Lawrence, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

Connor Roberts added a fourth shortly after the break. However, shortly after coming on as a second half sub, Williams took advantage of a mistake by Ramsey to clip the ball home.

Many Harps supporters will remember Williams as a hard working midfielder who joined the Donegal club in 2008 on loan from Drogheda United. He made 12 appearances as Harps were in the Premier Division, scoring two goals.  

His appearance for Ireland in Cardiff saw the 31 year old earn a second senior cap. Seamus Coleman was also part of a side that were very disappointing against a dominant Wales.

Goalkeeper Sean McDermott, whose father Terence is from Mountcharles, was named among the substitutes but didn't feature.