A first start for his country was swiftly followed by a maiden goal, and it turned out to be a special evening for Derrick Williams.
The Rovers defender, who has flund his goalscoring boots this season already with strikes against Hull City, Millwall and Leeds United, was the man of the moment again on Thursday night.
The 26-year-old rose highest to power home a header on the stroke of half time in the Republic of Ireland's friendly encounter with New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium.
It arrived after Callum McCowatt had surprisingly but the Kiwis in front in Dublin.
But second half finishes from Sean Maguire and Callum Robinson made it a comfortable night for Mick McCarthy's men, who will now look ahead to the crunch Euro 2020 Qualifier showdown against Denmark.
Williams will hope to have impressed enough to stake his claim for the team against the Danes, with a win ensuring the Republic's place in the Finals in the summer of 2020.