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Tyreik Wright Emerges As Ireland's Star Performer In U21 Win In Bosnia

Tyreik Wright Emerges As Ireland's Star Performer In U21 Win In Bosnia

Ireland U21 forward Tyreik Wright came to the fore in a deserved 2-0 win away to Bosnia on Friday evening.

The Aston Villa forward, who is on loan at Salford City, scored one and grabbed an assist in a morale-boosting win for Jim Crawford's side.

His heroics came after a big week for himself personally as he scored his first goal for his new club last weekend.

He joined Salford midway through August, and has already played on three occasions for the Moor Lane outfit.

But in yesterday's game, the Co. Cork native impressed for Crawford's charges, leading the line alongside Joshua Kayode.

And his play was rewarded when he opened the scoring for the Boys in Green from the spot.

The Salford City loanee struck with conviction from 12-yards out after Kayode had been bundled over by defender Luka Malic.

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But the Boys in Green had to withstand some pressure from the hosts, with Bray Wanderers keeper Brian Maher forced into an excellent save from a free-kick.

Tyreik Wright Shines In Big For Jim Crawford's Ireland U21s

And shortly after, Conor Coventry wrapped up all three points with a well taken finish from a set-piece routine.

Gavin Kilkenny and Louie Watson combined well with a short corner to find Wright.

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Wright, in turn, laid the ball off to Coventry who was waiting on the penalty spot to find the far corner.

"It's a great feeling to get the win," Jim Crawford said after the game. "It was a very impressive performance from everyone who played.

"We looked defensively sound and they can be proud of themselves.

"Overall it's a great start but that's all it is a start and we start preparing for Luxembourg tomorrow."

It was an encouraging start to the group campaign for the Boys in Green who take on Luxembourg next.

And if the likes of Wright continue to shine alongside Kilkenny and co. in the middle of the park, it can only be a good thing.

The future is bright.

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