By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle fans were delighted on Twitter as new signing Daryl Murphy scored his first goal for the Republic of Ireland in the 80th minute against Serbia.
The late goal earned his side a 2-2 draw after Murphy came off the bench in the 76th minute and scored four minutes later.
The forward found himself unmarked in the box from a corner and he powered his header past Serbian keeper Predrag Rajkovic.
— Total:NUFC (@total_nufc) September 5, 2016
Some Newcastle fans were sceptical after the 33-year-old moved to the north east in a deal thought to be worth around £3million this summer from Ipswich.
However, they were delighted that their striker managed to bag his first international goal so soon after his move to St James’ Park.
Here’s a selection of messages from the Newcastle support on Twitter:
— john campbell (@jayrcee91) September 5, 2016
— Jonathan Anderson (@Jonnyanderson11) September 5, 2016
Murphy look that header brilliantly. I know its one goal and he hasn't scored for #NUFC but we have a class finisher on our hands.
— CɅLVIN (@CalvinNUFC_1998) September 5, 2016
How are People surprised that Murphy has scored tonight, he's scored 50 goals in the last three seasons at Ipswich. #NUFC
— Cola (@Percycola) September 5, 2016
— Ryan (@RyanIcardi99) September 5, 2016
— Matt Rowland (@Matt_Rolo) September 5, 2016
— Danny Pascoe (@DannyPascoe11) September 5, 2016
Murphy’s Newcastle team mates Ciaran Clark and Aleksandar Mitrovic also featured in the match, with Clark coming on in the 92nd minute in a bid to run the clock down.
Murphy moved to Newcastle after starring in 225 encounters for Ipswich where he scored 67 goals.
He will be looking to make his Magpies debut against Derby on Saturday, but faces competition from forward duo Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle.