Many West Ham United fans have been congratulating Irons academy product Conor Coventry for his first Republic of Ireland under-21s goal.
The Ireland under-21 skipper was on the receiving end of a well-worked set piece 12 yards out to slot the ball past Belmin Dizdarevic to get their European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign off to a perfect start.
Aston Villa’s Tyreik Wright opened the scoring from the penalty spot after a foul on Josh Kayode before Coventry sealed the victory as Ireland secured the three points.
The West Ham midfielder is currently out on loan at Championship newcomers Peterborough United after making 18 appearances in Premier League 2 last season, scoring five goals and setting up another two.
After playing six minutes in the Hammers’ 3-0 Carabao Cup victory over Charlton Athletic last season and being an unused substitute on numerous occasions in the Premier League, Coventry’s performance for his nation at under-21 level may just have grabbed David Moyes’ attention.
West Ham fans on Coventry’s goal
These Hammers fans on Twitter heaped praise on the youngster after his goal on the international scene, with one even labelling the precocious midfielder a “certified baller”.
“Well done CC, all Hammers are right behind you”
“Any chance of you doing a Declan Rice”
“The lad is a certified baller”
“The boy does it again! Amazing stuff! We want to see you in Claret and Blue”
“Keep proving everyone wrong Conor!”
“Beautifully done, Conor”
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