Eamon Zayed: Roy of the Rovers in Tehran

Imagine being two-nil down with ten men. In the country’s biggest derby in front of 80,000. With a further 20 million watching on TV. And then scoring a very late hat-trick to win the game. That is exactly how Dublin-born Eamon Zayed introduced himself to fans of his new club Perepolis in the Sorkhabi derby against Esteghal – only the second time he turned out for the Tehran club.

The goals were decent too (especially the first one) – check out the video below. “It was Roy of the Rovers stuff,” Zayed said after the game, “fairytale stuff really and everything since has been mad, surreal but great at the same time”.

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I’ve always been a fan of Irish-based players plying their trade in more exotic lands (as previously blogged), but given exactly how passionate Iranians are for the beautiful game, you can rest assured Eamon Zayed is a household name this weekend. Not bad for the former Bray, Drogheda and Derry City striker. Good on him, I say!