Ex-Newcastle star Gael Bigirimana caps amazing 24 hours with Wembley goal after birth of baby daughter

Former Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana capped a wonderful weekend by scoring for Coventry City at Wembley in their Checkatrade Trophy win against Oxford United.

Coventry celebrate winning the Checkatrade Trophy
Coventry celebrate winning the Checkatrade Trophy

Goals from Bigirimana and George Thomas helped troubled City secure a 2-1 victory and lift the trophy in front of a 74,434 crowd.

Bigirimana's goal capped a memorable weekend for the 23-year-old after his wife Natalia gave birth to their first daughter, Eden, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Coventry, led out by 1987 FA Cup final-winning goalkeeper Steve Ogrizovic, went ahead when Jordan Willis floated in a cross which was met on the volley by Stuart Beavon.

Oxford defender Chey Dunkley blocked the shot but thankfully for Coventry baby Eden had arrived in time for her dad Bigirimana to be on hand to fire home the loose ball.

"He was missing yesterday, and it was up in the air," added Robins.

"He didn't travel down with us and joined up with us at about 4pm. It was touch and go whether he would be here."

Bigirimana suffered a fall from grace at Newcastle under Alan Pardew. Having looked destined to be a mainstay of the midfield after signing from Coventry in 2012 for £1million, he struggled for form and fitness, as well as suffering from an illness which curtailed his progress.

He missed out on a loan move to Rangers because of it, before returning to Coventry initially on loan and then on a permanent deal in the summer.