The Republic of Ireland made a winning start to the World Military Games Qualifiers this afternoon in Holland – and a Laois man was in the thick of it.
Jody Dillon’s side scored a 4-0 win over Lithuania and are now set for a showdown with France on Friday to decide who will top the group.
The Stradbally native started up front for his team who held a 1-0 lead at the break.
Ireland turned things up a notch on the resumption of play and romped to victory.
France defeated Lithuania by the same scoreline on Monday so now it is a case of winner-takes-all when the pair clash on Friday.
The Irish Defence Forces played warm-up games against local opposition winning seven of their nine matches and drawing the other two before heading to Holland – with Dillon showing good form, scoring in several of them.
Dillon, who previously played for Portlaoise AFC, is now back playing for his native club Stradbally Town in the CCFL.
The striker is joined on the team by a host of players who have League of Ireland experience.
The lads celebrated with a rendition of George Ezra’s Shotgun which you can check out below: