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Watch: Seamus Coleman scored the ultimate Sunday league goal in Ireland win

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Scoring your first goal for your country must be a very proud moment for any footballer but, whilst Seamus Coleman was clearly delighted to break his Republic of Ireland duck tonight, he probably didn't expect the goal to come quite as it did.

The Everton full-back scored the only goal of the game against Georgia as Ireland secured a crucial three points towards World Cup qualification on Thursday night.

However, the goal itself was more suited to a Sunday league game than the Aviva Stadium and international football. 

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Despite being heavily favoured to beat their Group D opponents heading into the game, Ireland struggled to break down Georgia.

That was until Coleman made one of his trademark marauding runs down the right flank. What happened next, though, wasn't what he had planned when he hit the byline and tried to pull the ball back for a teammate.

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There is a minimum of five rebounds and ricochets in between the Everton star's attempted assist and the ball making its way back to his feet on the goal line for the easiest tap in he will ever score.

Who said international football wasn't the highest quality!

Regardless of how it came about, it is safe to say that Coleman's goal - his first in 40 appearances for his country - went down a storm with the natives.

And it is easy to see why.

Having drawn their opening game of World Cup qualification 2-2 with Serbia, Martin O'Neil's men knew that nothing less than three points against Georgia would do if they were to keep pace with those at the top of the group.

With Wales having drawn against Austria on Thursday, the victory courtesy of their captain now means Ireland are level with three other countries at the top of the group after two games.

Republic of Ireland v Georgia - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

Next up is an away game against Moldova on Sunday where another three points will be expected.

Coleman and the rest of the Ireland squad will be hoping that they won't have to rely such a scrappy goal to see them through this weekend's fixture.

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