Three-time Republic of Ireland international Cillian Sheridan became the first Irishman to play in the Polish top flight on Sunday, making his debut for title contenders Jagiellonia Białystok.
The 28-year-old was involved in the build-up to his side’s third goal as they defeated Slask Wrocklaw 4-1, with Sheridan starting the game for Michal Probierz’s men.
Sheridan, who is being called “Cavanman” in his new country, was pleased with his performance.
“It was a great debut,” Sheridan told the club’s official website.
“We were strong and had a convincing victory. The atmosphere was brilliant in the stadium. Although I am in Bialystok for a few days, I feel at home here.”
Although he didn’t score, Sheridan’s debut was praised in Poland, with both Wyborcza and Transfery.info both impressed with his first 75 minutes in the Ekstraklasa.
“The Irish debutant showed his good side. He showed up to play, to go out and apply himself, telling his team-mates where he would like to get the ball. He had several chances to score, and every time hit the target. It is true that in the second half he scored, but the referee did not allow it as Cillian Sheridan was flagged for offside. Of course, there were also many inaccurate passes to the attacker, but nearly every time the Irishman raised his thumbs up in a gesture of thanks. When Cillian Sheridan left the pitch, the fans gave him thunderous applause and loud thank you.”
“Coach Probierz can definitely be very pleased with the attitude of his new protégé. He gained a striker, who will not only excel in the penalty area and win aerial duels, but will offer support in attack… Already at this point you can see that it will further strengthen the offensive Białystokkers.”