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O'Brien: An Incredible Moment

Home debut delight for goalscorer

12 February 2022

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Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

If a certain beer company did home debuts, then Aiden O’Brien’s would probably be near the top of the list.

Pompey were already leading Doncaster 2-0 when the Irishman entered the Fratton Park pitch for the final 10 minutes.

And within seconds, the January arrival bundled home a Ronan Curtis delivery to put the result beyond doubt.

O’Brien was delighted to make an immediate impact – not that he knew too much about it at the time.

He said: “I was just very happy to get on and play in front of the home fans – to score with my first touch was incredible.

“Hopefully that can be the kick-start I need to have a good end of the season and get a few more goals to help the team.

"I heard the crowd celebrating and realised I must have scored, so it was one of my weirder goals."

Aiden O'Brien

“I was in front of their defender and got the touch, but I couldn’t see what happened and was screaming for a penalty.

“Then I heard the crowd celebrating and realised I must have scored, so it was one of my weirder goals.”

The contest was goalless at the break, but Reeco Hackett and George Hirst both struck in the second half, while Sean Raggett added a fourth goal at the death.

O’Brien said: “Doncaster played well and had some chances, but the opener got us going, with that ball into the box from Marcus and a great Reeco header.

“It was a very tough match considering they’re down at the bottom of the table and they made it difficult for us.

“But that’s two wins out of two, so it’s time to start kicking on, moving up the table and fighting for that play-off spot.

“We’ve seen other teams dropping points, but let’s just worry about ourselves and try to put a run together.”


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