Diarmuid O’Carroll was delighted to see Caolan Boyd-Munce net St Mirren’s sensational winner with his family watching on from the stands.
The Northern Irishman netted a memorable first goal in the black and white stripes, blasting in from outside the box to send the Buddies past Motherwell and into the League Cup quarter-finals.
Boyd-Munce couldn’t have picked a better audience to produce his best performance in the stripes, with his family over from Belfast and Northern Ireland assistant boss Jimmy Nicholl also in attendance at the SMiSA.
And St Mirren assistant coach O’Carroll believes Boyd-Munce has done his chances of picking up a first cap for his country no harm with his headline-grabbing stunner.
O’Carroll told Renfrewshire Live Sport: “I’m a big fan of Caolan’s, so I hope it’s a goal of the season contender.
“It’s brilliant for him and for his confidence.
“His family were here as well and he hasn’t played that many first team games, so it was a massive day for him.
“Even to stay in the team, he made a little error last week defensively but the gaffer stuck by him because he’s a real talent.
“He’s getting fitter and stronger and I’m sure Michael O’Neill will be looking at him as well. Hopefully he can kick on from here.
“Caolan did get called up to the senior team last March. If he carries it on, he has the ability.
“He’s shown at the clubs he’s been at that he stands out. He does things that make you go ‘what a pass that was’ or ‘what a shot that was’.
“From his point of view he’s just got to keep working hard, because he’s got the talent.
“He’s like a youth player in his development, because he’s only played 10 or 15 games in the first team.
“The fact he’s putting it in back-to-back games is great and I’m sure if Jimmy was watching I’m sure it’ll be a positive report going back to Michael.”
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