19-year-old Irishman wins Man of the Match in Premier League debut
Mark Travers kept a clean sheet against Tottenham Hotspur on his Premier League debut, and earned himself the Man of the Match award.
Eddie Howe named 19-year-old Mark Travers in the starting eleven to take on Spurs on Saturday morning, and he did not regret it.
The game finished 1-0 to Bournemouth thanks to a late goal from Nathan Ake, but the Maynooth man was instrumental in Bournemouth earning all three points.
Travers had an excellent first-half, denying Dele Ali spectacularly, as well as making two great saves from two Lucas Moura efforts.
Spurs finished the game with 9 men, as Heung-Min Son and Juan Foyth were both shown straight red cards, but it was Travers who stole the show.
19y 351d - Aged 19 years and 351 days, Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers is the first teenage goalkeeper to start a Premier League game since Joe Hart in October 2006 for Man City vs Sheffield United (19y 178d), Debut.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 4, 2019
The former Cherry Orchard man joined Bournemouth back in July of 2016 after a successful trial with the club, and has now seriously caught people's eye on his debut.
After the game, Travers spoke about how much the day meant to him, describing the experience as "unbelievable."
Travers is also the youngest ever goalkeeper to start a Premier League game since Joe Hart in 2006. A brilliant achievement.
He had previously played for Shamrock Rovers, and featured on the bench for Ireland in the recent Euro 2020 qualifier against Gibraltar.
Fair play to him!