Graham Burke’s good start to life at Preston north End continues in earnest.
The Irishman joined the Deepdale side from Shamrock Rovers in the summer, and already has a goal under his belt, coming against Morecambe in the Carabao Cup during the week.
His second goal for Preston came against much stronger opposition in the form of Premier League veterans Stoke City.
Paul Gallagher’s penalty had put the Lilywhites ahead after 40 minutes, as the first half kicked into life. Erik Pieters equalised soon after for Stoke, who are still seeking their first win.
Despite three minutes being added to the first 45, Burke’s goal came in the 50th minute.
Callum Robinson’s speculative ball into the box after a post-free kick scramble fell into the path of the 24-year-old, who delighted the home crowd with a superb volley into the top corner.
Pick that one out! 😯
Here's how Graham Burke hammered @pnefc ahead just before the break!
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) August 18, 2018
Preston currently maintain their 2-1 lead in the second half.
Burke scored for Ireland against the United States back in June in just his second senior international cap. Keeping up his fine form can only help the striker’s cause for inclusion in Martin O’Neill’s plans for the upcoming Euro 2020 campaign.