EURO 2016: Dream comes true for defender Michael Smith

Northern Ireland's Conor Washington celebrates scoring against Slovenia. Picture by Matt Mackey

Northern Ireland's Conor Washington celebrates scoring against Slovenia. Picture by Matt Mackey

Peterborough United defender Michael Smith savoured his big night on the international stage.

The former Ballyclare Comrades and Ballymena United full-back made his debut after being drafted in by Northern Ireland boss O’Neill.

“It was great to make my debut out there, but it was tough,” Smith said afterwards.

“It was amazing to make my debut at Windsor Park – it more than I ever thought it would be. It was a dream come true, and the fans were amazing.

“I played here during my Irish League career, but this was another level.

“I was coming here 10 years and supporting the lads, and now I am playing for the team.

“The manager just told me to go out and enjoy and soak it all in. There was pressure as well, but I just tried to go out and enjoy the atmosphere and the match.