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Irish Players Join In On The Scoring In Opening Championship Weekend

While Dundalk and Cork City take on Europe in the midst of a League of Ireland campaign, the domestic season in England is back up and running.

The Premier League kicks off next weekend, but action in the other three leagues is underway, and the Irish contingent have gotten off to a strong start, for the most part.

Preston were met during the week with the unfortunate news that Seani Maguire would miss out on around two months of action due to a hamstring injury.

Fellow Cork City alumni Alan Browne is already picking up the slack, scoring the winner with a header in Preston’s 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Veteran striker Daryl Murphy announced his retirement from the international set-up in January, but he’s still knocking them in for Nottingham Forest.

Some Forest fans weren’t happy that the 35-year-old got the nod over £6m signing Lewis Grabban, but he repaid Aitor Karanka’s faith in him by heading home an equaliser away to Bristol City.

Millwall striker Aiden O’Brien signed a long-term contract extension at the club just yesterday, and he’s another who’s living up to the billing.

Though English-born, he has represented Ireland at numerous underage levels, and was called up to the senior Republic of Ireland squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales last year.

His early goal after making a run from midfield gave the Lions the lead, which was doubled by Lee Gregory after a rare error from Ireland stalwart Darren Randolph, though Boro found two late goals to equalise.

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James McClean could make his Stoke City debut tomorrow against Leeds United, who now boast Ireland prospect Patrick Bamford among their ranks.

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