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Aaron Connolly 'couldn't say yes quick enough' when Republic of Ireland manager Jim Crawford gave him the call

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The recalled Aaron Connolly couldn't say yes quick enough when Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Jim Crawford rang to get him on board for the crucial play-off matches with Israel.Connolly starred in a 1-1 draw, earning player of the match in a performance that will have impressed senior boss Stephen Kenny."It was only about two weeks ago I spoke to Jim," said Connolly."I spoke to (current FAI football consultant) John Morling first.

And he just said would I be interested and I couldn't say yes quick enough."Then I spoke to Jim and he talked me through how it's going to pan out.

He said come in, work hard and we'll go from there so that’s what I done. So I'm just looking to build on that performance now."He was a constant thorn in the side of the Israeli defence, the little and large combination of Connolly and strike partner Evan Ferguson causing Guy Luzon's side headaches.WHAT A LEAP Evan Ferguson heads home Tyreik's Wrights's corner to level things up in Tallaght#rtesoccer

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