Fresh from his World Cup win with Argentina, Alexis Mac Allister was among the goals for Brighton today as they took down Middlesbrough in the third round of the FA Cup.
During their 5-1 rout, Mac Allister scored a goal of exquisite quality by showing incredible reflexes to back-heel flick home a powerful but wayward shot attempt.
We wrote recently about his Irish connections, which can be traced back to a cottage in Donabate.
Philip McAllister, a distant Irish cousin of Alexis, spoke of is meeting with the Mac Allister clan in Argentina.
“I knock on the door in Argentina, door opens to a whole big family of McAllisters - Dickies, and Monserrats, and Pablos, and Elaynes, and Kevins, and Michaels, and Johns - the whole lot of them.
“The older generation that were still alive, they all spoke English with a Dublin accent!
“The proof was that photo [of the house] - they had no idea. We had lost contact, they had lost contact, this was the rejoining of the family. I stayed there for three months hanging out with them - fabulous people."
Alex McCallister Scores FA Cup Stunner For Brighton
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Following today's game against Middlesbrough, Mac Allister spoke about his and his team's superb performance.
"Living the dream, very happy but credit to the team today they played really well and we deserved the win.
"To be honest I wanted to come back, the club gave me to the fifth but I came back earlier because I wanted to train, play and share my medal with the club. I feel very happy to be a part of this club and to be in this city so I will continue to give it my all."