What a Beautiful Story, Stand Proud Ballymun Tonight, and Always.

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Pic of the year: Australia’s top scorer embraces her Ballymun grandad after Ireland game Evoke Staff  7 hrs ago


These are the pictures that have warmed the heart of a nation and brought a tear to many the eye.a man standing in front of a crowd© Provided by Evoke.ie

An iconic moment came when 18-year-old Mary Fowler, who is tipped to be one of the greats of Australian soccer, embraced her Ballymun grandfather following the women’s international friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Australia which was held at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin.

The sweet irony is that Mary could have been playing in Ireland’s green jersey, it has emerged.

And these emotional pictures, superbly captured by Stephen McCarthy of Sportsfile, show her embracing her grandad, Kevin Fowler, from Ballymun, north Dublin, after the match.Mary Fowler of Australia with her grandfather Kevin Fowler, from Ballymun, Dublin, following the women’s international friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Australia at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Pic: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile© Provided by Evoke.ie Mary Fowler of Australia with her grandfather Kevin Fowler, from Ballymun, Dublin, following the women’s international friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Australia at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Pic: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Kevin looked proud as punch as he hugged Mary, who scored the only two goals for Australia as the Matildas lost 3-2 to Ireland.

After the match, she said that she spent some ‘special moments after the game with my grandad’.

Fowler was born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia to Kevin Fowler Jr and her mother Nido, from Papua New Guinea.Mary Fowler of Australia celebrates with team-mate Sam Kerr, left, after scoring her side’s first goal during the women’s international friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Australia at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Pic: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile© Provided by Evoke.ie Mary Fowler of Australia celebrates with team-mate Sam Kerr, left, after scoring her side’s first goal during the women’s international friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Australia at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Pic: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Although the FAI wanted to sign her up to play for Ireland she made her debut for the Australian national team when she was only 15 years old in 2018.

Her brother Caoimhín and sister Ciara both played for Ireland’s youth teams but Mary decided she wanted to represent the Aussie side.

She plays for French club Montpellier and has scored five goals in the French women’s league this season.

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