By Craig Hope for MailOnline
Published: 21:41 BST, 10 September 2019 | Updated: 21:56 BST, 10 September 2019
For a country who have long since struggled for goalscorers, to unearth three news ones made this friendly entirely worthwhile for Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland.
A goalless and soulless first half had been a fantastic advert for the Nations League, the competition introduced to do away with international friendlies such as this.
But the second period was an uplifting affair and will cheer McCarthy ahead of next month’s crunch Euro 2020 qualifiers away to Georgia and Switzerland.
Midfielder Alan Browne put the Republic of Ireland ahead in the 56th minute on Tuesday night
Rep of Ireland: Travers (O'Hara 75), Christie,Egan, Kevin Long, Hourihane (McClean 68), Browne, Judge (Byrne 59),Cullen, O'Dowda (Stevens 76), Hogan (James Collins 60), Curtis (Hendrick 83).
Subs Not Used: Coleman, Duffy, Keogh, Whelan, Randolph.
Booked: James Collins.
Goals: Browne 56, Kevin Long 83, James Collins 86.
Bulgaria: Hristo Ivanov, Goranov, Nedyalkov (Bozhikov 59), Kristian Dimitrov (Panayotov 80), Pashov,Slavchev, Daniel Mladenov (Despodov 68), Milanov (Ivelin Popov 46), Malinov (Terziev 80),Nikolay Dimitrov (Wanderson 59),Kraev.
Subs Not Used: Lukov, Bodurov, Marcelinho, Sarmov,Galin Ivanov, Iliev.
Goals: Ivelin Popov 67 pen.
Ref: Tobias Welz (Germany).
For this was evidence that perhaps there is talent in reserve. Alan Browne,