Golden Gamble Scores on U21 Debut

Last updated : 27 March 2002 By Rob Cooper

Joe had a good game, the highlight of which was his eighty-eighth minute goal that sealed a 3-2 victory for the Republic over Denmark.


Gamble told “It's not really sunk in yet, it was definitely one of the best moments of my career - it was at my home club in front of all my family and friends, my under 21 debut and I scored the winner, so it was fairytale stuff really.


“My profile will have gone up by scoring, and we've got another match next month against Austria so hopefully I'll be in the squad. The ball came over from the right, the striker and the defender both went for it and the ball just bounced up, I caught it on the half-volley and smashed it into the bottom left-hand corner from 15 yards.”

Joe is seen as the next Roy Keane back home in the Republic, and a good performance in front of an 8,000 strong crowd in  his home town of Cork will do him no harm. Hopefully one day he will play for the senior team.