It’s still early August, but the domestic season in England is already in full swing.
A host of Irish players are making their presence felt in clubs across the Football League.
In the Championship, two players on the fringes of the Ireland squad had crucial roles in their teams’ respective wins.
Having arrived from Ipswich Town in the summer, David McGoldrick failed to score in either of Sheffield United’s opening two games. He scored the winning penalty for the Blades against QPR today though, giving them their crucial first win of the season.
— Gem. ⚔️ (@GemTollerfield) August 11, 2018
McGoldrick played in last year’s friendly defeat to Mexico, and he’ll be looking to build on his goal today in order to force his way back into contention for the upcoming Euro 2020 campaign.
Though he didn’t score, Conor Hourihane is another player who is making his case for inclusion, having earned three caps so far. After levelling the game from 2-1 down, Aston Villa earned a last minute 3-2 win over Wigan. Hourihane provided the assist from a cross for Birkir Bjarnason to score in the 94th minute.
League One saw Ronan Curtis score a fine brace for Portsmouth in their 2-1 away win over Blackpool. The U21 international has already endeared himself to the Pompey faithful having arrived from Derry City in the summer.
— The Wessex Football Show ⚽️📻 (@WessexFLShow) August 11, 2018
Oh Ronan Curtis…… pic.twitter.com/wUz25gJJEM
— Ian Chiverton (@pompeychiv) August 11, 2018
Graham Carey scored his 40th goal for Plymouth Argyle in a 1-1 draw with Southend United, after being entrusted with a penalty by the Green Army.
— Jak Ball (@Jakfirst) August 11, 2018
League Two saw four Irishmen contribute important goals for their respective teams.
Shamrock Rovers product Pádraig Amond got the winner for Newport County against Crewe Alexandra, and continues his impressive form at the club having scored against Spurs in the FA Cup earlier this year.
Barry Corr’s injury time winner for Cambridge United in their 3-2 win over Notts County got them up and running after a defeat on the opening day.
— Connor O’Reilly (Quédate en 🏡) 🇨🇱 (@cknnr) August 11, 2018
Elsewhere, former Hull City player Jamie Devitt got Carlisle United’s opener from 30 yards in their 2-2 draw versus Northampton, while a Pierce Sweeney penalty helped Exeter City to a 2-0 away win over Morecambe. The former Bray Wanderers defender set up Jayden Stockley’s goal in the second half for good measure.
⏱ FULL-TIME: Morecambe 0 City 2
Goals from Pierce Sweeney and Jayden Stockley hand the Grecians all three points on the road
— Exeter City FC (@OfficialECFC) August 11, 2018