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'Teenage dream' - Rovers youngster lights up Dublin derby in first game as a professional

Sean Boyd produced a moment to remember last night.

Sean Boyd of Rovers celebrates his side's third goal.
Sean Boyd of Rovers celebrates his side's third goal.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

SEAN BOYD PRODUCED a moment to remember in his first game as a professional last night.

The attacker came off the bench to score the third goal for Shamrock Rovers in their win over Bohemians at Tallaght Stadium.

Boyd, who turned 18 last month, linked up beautifully with Gary Shaw, before finishing clinically past Bohs stopper Dean Delany.

It completes an excellent few days for Boyd, after it was on Thursday confirmed that the former Rovers U19 player had signed on professional terms with the club, along with three other players – Shane Hanney, James Doona and Aaron Dobbs.

And Boyd took little time to make an impression, after replacing fellow youngster Dobbs in the 65th minute, with a goal that ultimately sealed his side’s win.

Moreover, the starlet’s moment of magic won’t have come as much of a surprise to those who have been watching him closely in recent times. Boyd was top scorer for Rovers U19s last season, averaging almost a game, while he has already featured in the league this season, replacing Killian Brennan in the 3-0 victory over Sligo Rovers.

The Dubliner is also an Ireland U18 international, and played at schoolboy level with Rivervalley Rangers and Malahide United.

The aforementioned quartet’s progress is encouraging news for Irish football, with the SSE Airtricity National U19 and U17 Leagues set up in recent years to provide a better pathway for youngsters aiming to make a career for themselves in the game.

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