Celtic winger Paddy McCourt dazzled Windsor Park last night with a wonderful second goal as the Northerners got their Euro campaign off to a winning start with a 4-0 win over Brain Kerr’s Faroe Islands.
In the 87th minute of his competitive début the Derry man picked the ball up on the left wing, ran at the Faroese defence with verve, dodging a tackle and turning the right back in a manner reminiscent of George Best before a delicate chip over the standing goalkeeper.
Captain Aaron Hughes who got the night’s first after five minutes heaped praise on McCourt earlier in the week comparing him to George Best and Lionel Messi.
“For his second goal you just have to stand there in amazement. Sometimes you wonder if he even knows what he is doing himself”, Hughes said.
Faroes manager Kerr said he wasn’t surprised with McCourt’s performance having followed his career.
“He showed a lot of promise and then at Derry City he had some outstanding times. Tonight was a good night for him. We couldn’t cope with his skill and technique and it was a brilliant fourth goal”, said the former Republic of Ireland manager.
The tricky winger who got nicknamed “Derry’s Diego” while at Derry City has had a stop-start international career picking up 8 caps in nine years but is thought to be very much in the plans of Nigel Worthington for this qualification campaign.