Shamrock Rovers' 15-year-old winger Kevin Zefi becomes youngest-ever League of Ireland scorer with Longford Town strike

Sat, Sep 05 2020

Zefi has been a regular from the Rovers II bench since the restart. Credit: Clare McCahill (ETPhotos)

15-year-old Kevin Zefi became the youngest goalscorer in League of Ireland history as he struck in the second half of Shamrock Rovers II’s 2-1 defeat to Longford Town on Friday night.

The Ireland under-15 international, who has been linked with moves to Inter Milan and PSV, scored his first goal in senior football late on as Rovers chased down a two-goal deficit.

At just 15 years and 206 days old, Zefi beat the previous record, set by Limerick’s Steven McGann in 2010, by almost half a year.

McGann had been 15 years and 358 days old when he scored as a substitute in Limerick’s 5-1 defeat of Athlone Town in the final game of the 2010 season.

Like McGann, Zefi’s potential has seen him fast-tracked through the underage ranks to the first team at a young age.

The midfielder made his senior bow in the first post-lockdown league game against Drogheda United in Tallaght Stadium, as a second-half sub, and has made four further appearances.

Zefi has drawn attention for his exploits with Jason Donohoe’s Ireland under-15 side, starring and scoring in wins over England under-15s and Australia under-17s in the past 12 months.