Updated: 07/10/16 : 05:19:20
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Sligo Rovers star scores first goal for Ireland

SLIGO ROVERS ex star Seamus Coleman was the toast of Ireland last night, Thursday.

His first ever goal for Ireland proved to be the 1-0 winner against Georgia in the Aviva Stadium.

The latest qualifier tie for the World Cup 2018 in Moscow proved to be a damp squib in the opening 45 minutes.

KIllybegs native Coleman was later named the official Man of the Match for his role over the 90 minutes.

The winning goal was lucky, even freakish.....but they all count.

As so often in his Sligo Rovers career, Coleman came tearing down the right wing.

He then cut in along the byline, his first attempt at a cross ricocheted back to him.

He knocked it forward beyond the reach of the Georgian keeper and followed up to tip it into the empty net to be sure, to be sure.

Elite Club

Coleman joins an elite club of ex Sligo Rovers players who have scored for Ireland in full internationals.

These include Paul 'Ski' McGee in the 1980s and the legendary iron man himself, the late Sean Fallon in the 1950s.

Ireland, captained by Coleman, now face Moldova at the weekend while Georgia travel to face Wales.

There are four teams, including Ireland, tied on four points at the top of group table.

Coleman, now starring with Everton in English Premiership soccer, was discovered for senior football by ex Sligo Rovers boss Sean Connor.