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Henderson in action for Ireland under-21 in a friendly versus Turkey in 2012. Credit: John Doyle


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Former Arsenal midfielder and Ireland under-21 international Conor Henderson scored a spectacular first goal for Bulgarian top-flight OFK Pirin Blagoevgrad on Saturday.


The 26-year-old struck deep into injury time to earn his side a dramatic 1-0 win over Cherno More Varna and lift Pirin up to 11th in the 14-team league.


Henderson has played five times for Pirin since making the switch from English non-league side Eastbourne during the summer.


The London-born central midfielder debuted for Arsenal aged 19 in an FAI Cup win over Leyton Orient, however two serious cruciate knee ligament injuries prevent him breaking through.


He was part of Noel King's under-21 squad that secured a famous 4-2 victory, getting on the scoresheet himself, over an Italy side containing Ciro Immobile and Stephan El-Sharaawy in Casarona.


Following a loan spell at Coventry City, Henderson left Arsenal and joined Hull City, but after failing to challenge for a first-team place he moved onto Crawley Town.


Recent seasons have seen spells with Grimsby Town – with whom he won promotion to the Football League – and another stint at Crawley before making the switch to Bulgaria.