Kenny’s Kids: Saturday round-up.
The Kenny’s Kids Twitter account was keeping tabs across all of the action on Saturday as Ireland’s brightest talents impressed once again across the water.
Here are the biggest stories from a busy Saturday for Irish players in action…
Kenny’s Kids in the Premier League
Adam Idah was the star of the show for Norwich in their 2-1 victory over Everton. The 20-year-old Corkman started tucked in behind Teemu Pukki and caused Michael Keane all kinds of bother throughout the contest.
Keane turned the ball into his own net with Idah breathing down his neck in the 16th minute and things got worse for the visitors soon later.
Seamus Coleman gave away the ball by the half-way line, Norwich countered and finishing the move was Ireland striker Idah.
The goal was Adam Idah’s first in the Premier League and it was no less than he deserved. His hold-up play was central to Norwich’s success and it was no surprise when he was voted as the man of the match by Canaries supporters.
The noise when Adam put us two in-front…
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 15, 2022
Kenny’s Kids in the Championship
A whole host of Irish talent started in the Championship yesterday but stealing the show was Ireland under-21 fullback Festy Ebosele.
Ebosele started alongside Jason Knight for Derby County in their 2-0 win over a Sheffield United team which included John Egan, David McGoldrick and substitute Conor Hourihane.
Ebosele ran the length of the pitch to tee-up the Rams’ second goal and received a post-match embrace from delighted manager Wayne Rooney.
20-year-old centre-back Eiran Cashin was introduced in the dying moments for Derby,
No, wait, is this @TomLawrence99 at his very best? ??
Absolute postage stamp, this finish ?
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) January 16, 2022
Darragh Lenihan captained Blackburn to another victory this weekend. Tony Mowbray’s men defeated Cardiff City 1-0 with Lenihan producing yet another accomplished performance at the back.
Mark McGuinness and James Collins started for the Welsh side, with Ireland under-21 left-back Joel Bagan on the bench.
The Irish contingent at Preston got some good gametime again this weekend. Alan Browne and Greg Cunningham both started for the Lilywhites in their 1-1 draw with Birmingham, while Sean Maguire came on off the bench.
Midfielder Browne assisted Preston’s goal but it was cancelled out in the 83rd minute by Birmingham substitute striker Scott Hogan.
Cyrus Christie is the latest Irishman to join Swansea City and the experienced right-back impressed on his debut as they drew 1-1 away to Huddersfield. Ryan Manning also started for the Swans with Michael Obafemi coming on as a second half substitute.
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 15, 2022
Aaron Connolly made his debut for Middlesbrough in their 2-1 win against Reading. The 21-year-old came close to scoring before being subbed of in the 67th minute with the game deadlocked at 0-0.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Peterborough midfielder Jack Taylor assisted a goal in their 4-1 defeat to Jordan Shipley‘s Coventry City and Jimmy Dunne kept a clean-sheet for QPR in their 1-0 win over West Brom. Callum Robinson, Jayson Molumby and Taylor Gardner Hickman all started for the Baggies.
Mark Travers (Bournemouth), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol), Max O’Leary (Bristol) and Danny McNamara (Millwall) also started in yesterday’s Championship games.
Kenny’s Kids in the lower leagues.
Will Keane and James McClean are enjoying fine seasons with Wigan Atheltic and continued their good form yesterday afternoon against Doncaster Rovers. McClean assisted the Latics’ opener and their lead was extended in the second half when Keane headed home from close range.
Former Ireland internationals Anthony Pilkington and Aiden O’Brien also found the net in yesterday’s League One action.
Fleetwood forward Pilkington scored the winner against Chiedozie Ogebene‘s Rotherham, while O’Brien found the net for Sunderland on the road to Accrington Stanley.
Ireland underage international Cian Hayes, 18, also started for Fleetwood.
— Kenny's Kids (@KennysKids) January 15, 2022
Down in League Two it was all about the centre-backs. Ireland under-21 defender Jake O’Brien made his second start for Swindon Town as they won 3-1 away to Port Vale and 24-year-old Paudie O’Connor scored for Bradford City against Salford.
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