DERGVIEW striker Ryan Campbell hopes to carry his international goalscoring exploits into today’s Champonship tussle with Limavady United at the Showgrounds.
Last week Campbell secured the ‘Golden Boot’ in helping Northern Ireland won the Umbro Cup in Scotland.
The Derg striker netted twice to help Harry McConkey team come from two down to draw 2-2 with Scotland in their opening game and was again on target as the boys in green defeated their southern counterparts 2-1 to win the tournament outright.
Limavady goalkeeper Paul Wells was also a member of the NI squad and Campbell’s parting shot when the team returned home on Sunday was, “hopefully I’ll put a few in the net for you to pick out on Saturday”.
“It’s back to the bread and butter on Saturday and hopefully I can carry on my goalscoring form when I return to the club,” said the sharpshooter
“The Championship is ultra competitive this year and talking to some of the boys on the trip from Welders, Institute and Knockbreda they were all saying that on any given day any team is capable of beating the other.”
Campbell will no doubt be going into the game against the Roesiders on cloud nine after playing a starring role in the quadrangular tournament in Glasgow.
The hotshot said it had been a honour to wear the Northern Ireland colours and, as experiences go, he would recommend it as something for young players, in particular, to aspire to.
Due to work committments Campbell missed out in 2011 but last week he certainly made up for lost time.
“It was a great experience, We were professional footballers for a week,” he added.
“Everything was in place, down to the very last detail. We even travelled on the Euro 2016 coach.
“Harry and his coaching team had everything down to a tee. For every game we went out knowing exactly what the game plan was and who we would be facing individually.
“And the icing on the cake was obviously winning the tournament in the manner we did.
“The coaches certainly got the most out of the squad and for the middle game against the Isle Of Man Harry was able to freshen things up by making seven or eight changes.
“On a personal level it was great to get amongst the goals but it was a real team effort.
“It was good to again strike up a partnership with Warner Mullen. We had a good understanding, he was quite often dropping off while I played on the last man.
“All round it was a thoroughly enjoyable few days and an experience I won’t forget in a hurry.”