The calls for Liam Kelly to make his senior Ireland debut will have grown even louder this weekend as the Reading midfielder scored an incredible goal in his side’s 3-3 draw with Derby.
Kasey Palmer had given the visitors the lead after just six minutes, but Kelly responded in some style, firing home the equaliser on the quarter hour mark.
The ball was seemingly headed out of the danger area by a Derby defender, but straight into Kelly’s path – and he shot first-time across his body to arrow a sensational effort past a helpless Scott Carson into the top left corner.
The goals would not stop here at the Madejski Stadium, with Modou Barrow putting Reading into the lead before Ireland’s Richard Keogh made it 2-2 from close range.
Tom Lawrence restored Derby’s advantage but a late goal from Jon Dadi Boedvarsson left the scores locked at 3-3.
It was a third goal of the campaign for Kelly, and at just 22, he is certainly one of the hottest prospects in Irish football at present. Whether or not he hits the heights expected of him, few times in his career will he strike a ball better than this occasion.
Martin O’Neill, we hope you’re watching.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena