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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 3, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    Like many before them, Persepolis fans fall for Zayed

    Carl O'Malley

    The League of Ireland will miss Eamon Zayed. If that wasn’t already apparent, it is now, after the former Derry City, Sporting Fingal, Drogheda United and Bray Wanderers striker single-handedly dismantled a 2-0 deficit in the Tehran derby for new club Persepolis.

    On his second appearance, the PFAI Player of the Year for 2011, was called from the bench to restore some pride against Esteghlal but ended up scoring a nine-minute hat-trick in front of 90,000 fans to make himself an instant hero.

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    Calm down, now. The Dubliner, a schoolboy footballer with Broadford Rovers and St Joseph’s Boys, is now a Libyan international and there is absolutely no chance he’ll be pitching up in Poland in June.

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