Former Newcastle and Crystal Palace star scores vital late equaliser in Greece

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park

Darren Ambrose, a former Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic and Birmingham City player has scored his first goal for new outfit Apollon Smyrni.

Darren Ambrose was tipped for future England selection when he came through the ranks at Ipswich Town. But as administration gripped The Tractor Boys Ambrose was scooped up by Newcastle United in 2003. What followed was a poor spell on the North East and then a move to Charlton which was also miserable - suffering relegation with the Addicks before joining Crystal Palace.

It was with The Eagles he made his biggest impact and for three seasons he wowed fans with his quality - ‘that goal’ at Old Trafford, described as the best scored by an away side at Old Trafford by Gary Neville, being the icing on the cake.

But after 124 appearances and 37 goals for Palace he decided to move on in 2012 - joining Midlands outfit Birmingham City for £250k.

But things have not gone well since his switch.

Ambrose struggled for form and then picked up a knee injury which finished his season at St Andrews.

After 18 months at Birmingham Ambrose has managed just 10 appearances in all competitions for the club - and was told he could seek a move away in January.

That he did, signing a six month loan spell at Greek Super League outfit Apollon Smyrni.

They are currently managed by former Northern Ireland and Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez and he joins former QPR and Fulham star Lee Cook in making a move to the club promoted to the Greek Super League last season.

However they are struggling, currently third from bottom and in a relegation dogfight.

Ambrose recently made his league debut for the club, as he recovers to full match fitness, and last night made his second substitute appearance in the league since arriving in Greece.

He entered the game against Levadiakos - themselves just two points ahead of Apollon - on the 65th minute, and with minutes left he played a vital role.

In the 89th minute of the game Ambrose fired home what could prove to be a crucial equaliser at the end of the campaign.

Now time will tell if he can get the remaining years of his career back on track in Greece.

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