Published: 23:38 | 5/10/19

Connolly enjoys "dream come true" first Brighton start

Aaron Connolly enjoyed a "dream come true" first Premier League start, as Brighton beat Tottenham 3-0 in Saturday's Premier League match at the Amex Stadium.

The 19-year-old Galwegian netted a brace following Neil Maupay's third-minute opener, and his perfect day was capped off by a first call-up to Mick McCarthy's Ireland squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying games against Georgia and Switzerland later this month. 

Connolly had previously featured in the Premier League for the Seagulls off the bench, and made his first competitive start in Brighton's 3-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa on 25 September. 

"I can't really put it into words," Connolly told BBC's Match of the Day programme. 

"It's a dream come true. I've been watching the Premier League since I was four or five, I watch Premier League Years all the time, and to be playing in it and scoring in it is indescribable." 

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was taken to hospital after suffering a dislocated elbow in the build-up to Maupay's opening goal.

"Assessment will continue this coming week to ascertain the full extent of the injury and the length of time he will require to undergo rehabilitation," a Tottenham statement read.

By Nick Royle

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