Reeves proud to make Northern Ireland bow

Ben Reeves
Ben Reeves

Ben Reeves was delighted to have finally made his Northern Ireland debut.

The midfielder got his first cap when he came on with 12 minutes to go against Greece, replacing Shane Ferguson. Dons team-mate Will Grigg was an unused substitute in the game.

Having been an unused substitute in the last two international call-ups, Reeves said it was an amazing experience to finally take to the pitch for his country.

“It was a great experience,” he said.” It was brilliant. It’s my first cap, so it was an amazing experience. It was a big game to come on in.

“I was fortunate in that the game was almost over, we just had to make sure we didn’t give them any more chances.

“To have come away with three wins out of three, it has been a brilliant start. Everyone’s buzzing, but we’re making sure to concentrate on the next game. Hopefully we can keep the run going.”

Barely 18 months ago, Reeves was facing life without a club after being released from Southampton. But after a spectacular year at stadium:mk, where he picked up four end of year prizes, including the Player of the Year award and Goal of the Year award, Reeves thanked Dons for their contribution to his career.

He said: “Things have changed quickly for me, I’ve got a lot to thank the manager for and everyone involved in the club. The last year and a half has been a great experience and hopefully it continues.”

Dons boss Karl Robinson added: “His debut didn’t come against a minnow either, Greece are a big footballing national and there was a full house, which was great for him and shows the trust Michael O’Neill has in him.

“I’m so happy for him.”