Ireland’s midfield duo of Conor Hourihane and Jeff Hendrick found the net for Aston Villa and Burnley respectively as both sides picked up strong wins in the Premier League.
Hourihane had a brilliant game as Villa picked up their first away win of the season, blowing Norwich City away by 5-1 at Carrow Road, scoring a goal and grabbing an assist, in a standout display.
The 28-year-old set up Wesley for their second goal in the first half with a lovely ball into the area before finding the net himself in the second half, hitting a beautiful strike from just outside the area as Villa picked up a decisive win.
Hendrick also found himself on the scoresheet this afternoon as he met Ashley Westwood’s corner at the back post to sweep the ball past Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal to give Burnley a 1-0 win.
Elsewhere in that game though, Irish captain Seamus Coleman saw red as he was sent off in the second half after picking up two yellow cards.
The midfield duo’s goals were another boost for Ireland following Aaron Connolly’s brace in the early game for Brighton against Tottenham.
In his first Premier League start the 19-year-old found the net twice to further stake a claim for a spot in Mick McCarthy’s squad – despite being left out of the 24 named last week.
In the Championship, it was a mixed day for the Irish as Scott Hogan grabbed a goal off the bench for bottom of the table Stoke City in their win over Swansea, while Ryan Manning, another not in McCarthy’s squad, assisted QPR’s fourth in their 4-1 win against Blackburn.
The same game which saw two of McCarthy’s defensive options in Darragh Lenihan and Greg Cunningham both come off injured in a disappointing day for the pair.
The extent of their injuries is not yet known but given that Ireland will be without Enda Stevens, Richard Keogh and potentially Shane Duffy for the Georgia game, it is no doubt still a blow.