Dream de­but as Smyth snatches late win­ner

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

DEBUTANT Paul Smyth needed just four min­utes to de­liver on Michael O’Neill’s as­ser­tion that “the fu­ture starts to­day” with a late win­ner in North­ern Ire­land’s 2-1 vic­tory over South Korea.

QPR winger Smyth, who played 90 min­utes for the un­der 21s against Spain on Thurs­day, be­came the first North­ern Ir­ish­man in 17 years to score on his in­ter­na­tional bow by fir­ing home four min­utes from time at Wind­sor Park yes­ter­day.

The South Kore­ans had gone ahead early on through Kwon Chang-hoon but the hosts lev­elled when an in­ge­nious free-kick routine led to Kim Min­jae scor­ing an own goal, with Smyth then step­ping off the bench to grab a win­ner and help the North­ern Ir­ish move on from their World Cup play-off heartache.

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