Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 striker Aaron Connolly scored and provided an assist on his Republic of Ireland under-21 debut, as Stephen Kenny’s side got their Toulon Tournament campaign off to a perfect start.
Albion team-mate Jayson Molumby skippered the side, as Ireland recorded an emphatic 4-1 victory over a China under-22 team, thanks to two penalties from Adam Idah and a goal each from Zach Elbouzedi and Connolly.
Connolly provided an assist inside 33 seconds when his low cross was brilliantly finished by Elbouzedi to give Ireland the lead.
The Seagulls frontman then got his name on the scoresheet when Connor Ronan's free-kick was cleared but worked its way back to Dara O'Shea, whose header picked out the 19-year-old to provide a clinical finish.
Ireland play their second group match of the tournament on Thursday, when they face Mexico.
The next international match that could include Albion representation takes place on Wednesday, when Kipras Kazukolovas may feature in Lithuania under-21s’ friendly against San Marino.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Davy Propper are set to be the next senior players to be involved in international action, when Iran and the Netherlands take on Syria and England respectively on Thursday.