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VIDEO: Bernie Slaven blasted in this debut goal for Ireland 23 years ago today

Welsh goalkeeper Neville Southall didn’t reckon on the Middlesbro’ poacher when he parried a Kevin Sheedy shot.

Bernie Slaven celebrates his debut goal.
Bernie Slaven celebrates his debut goal.
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23 YEARS AGO today, Bernie Slaven rattled in a debut goal for Ireland and virtually booked himself a place at Italia ’90.

The Middlesbrough striker was called up by Irish manager Jack Charlton on the back of an impressive run of goal-scoring form.

Wales were the visitors to Lansdowne Road on 28 March 1990 and Slaven certainly made an impression.

He chased down a ball played over the top, from midfield, and rounded Welsh goalkeeper Neville Southall. Slaven’s goal-bound effort was kept out by a Wealsh hand and a penalty was awarded.

Midfielder Kevin Sheedy stepped up and struck a penalty low to Southall’s right. The Everton stopper kept the effort out but Slaven was on hand to slot home the rebound.

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Slaven travelled with the Ireland squad to Italy for the World Cup but did not feature off the bench on the team’s quarter-final run.

He played seven times in all for Ireland, appearing against Wales in his final international outing in 1993.

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