Last weekend history was made in Tallaght Stadium, as young goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu became the youngest ever player to play for Shamrock Rovers U-19 team.
Bazunu is just 15 years-old, and not only is he the youngest player to play at that level, he’s also the youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at that level too, as Rovers ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over Galway United.
Shamrock Rovers regular U-19 keeper Luca Gratzer was out injured after last week’s Cup defeat to Drogheda United. Both Bazunu and fellow U-17 goalkeeper Kelvin Geraghty were named in the match-Day squad, but it was Bazunu who got the nod.
Under 19 manager Aidan Price had high praise for the young keeper saying, “He’s a keeper with great potential. He has a great calmness along with wonderful communication skills for someone so young.”
We caught up with extremely talented keeper after his historic day;
How does it feel to be the youngest ever player to play for the Rovers U-19’s and playing in Tallaght Stadium?
It feels great and it was an amazing opportunity to play with the older age-group. Playing in Tallaght Stadium is always good and it’s better to be on the pitch instead of watching from the stands!
When did you find out you’d be playing in the game?
I knew I had a chance of playing but only really found out about an hour before the game.
It must have been a very proud day for you and your family?
Yes it was, my dad, mum, brother and uncle were all there to support me.
How do you think the game went, both for you and the team?
I was quite happy with my performance but I always look for areas of improvement in my game. As a team I think we played very well and it was good to get the early goal to put us ahead.
A clean sheet too, you must be still buzzing?
I was delighted with the clean sheet, defensively we were really strong throughout the game and it meant I didn’t have that much to do.
What are your ambitions in football?
My ambition is to play at the highest level for both club and country.
Who would be your football hero?
When I was younger it was Edwin van der Sar because he was a top class goalkeeper. Lately I am looking up to Gianluigi Donnarumma because he is playing at the top level at such a young age – my aim is to follow in his footsteps.
Photo Credit: Shamrock Rovers Football Club