Phoenix starlet McCowatt scores on international debut with All Whites

Wellington Phoenix young gun Callum McCowatt scored on his international debut for the All Whites in their friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Friday.

The 20-year-old attacker scored the opening goal of the match at Ireland’s Aviva Stadium, before the home side fought back to prevail 3-1.

One of four Hyundai A-League players in the All Whites starting XI, McCowatt showed he’s got the good for international football by putting his side in front on the half-hour mark.

Phoenix teammate Liberate Cacace’s cross from the left picked out the run of McCowatt who produced an assured first-time finish.

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Goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic was another Phoenix player to start the match, as well as Melbourne Victory defender Storm Roux.

"I'm very delighted for him [McCowatt] to get a goal at international level,” Phoenix boss Ufuk Talay told stuff.co.nz.

“Also for Stefan, I thought Stefan had a great game as well. I'm very pleased with their performance.

"That's why we brought [McCowatt] in, he's done that previously at Eastern Suburbs so hopefully he can continue that with us.

"People need to understand that he's only played five games in the A-League at professional level but I think he's got the talent to be successful."

The All Whites are in action again on Sunday with a clash against Lithuania in Vilnius.

With five players named in Danny Hay’s All Whites squad – including Tim Payne and Alex Rufer – Phoenix have the bye in the Hyundai A-League this weekend.

They return to action in Round 7 with a clash against Brisbane Roar at Westpac Stadium on Saturday, November 23 (kick-off at 5pm AEDT).

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