Former Dundalk star Daryl Horgan has made a quick impact in England.
The winger, along with teammate Andy Boyle, completed a move to Preston North End at the end of 2016 and is already starting to justify the faith shown in him by manager Simon Grayson.
Horgan started Saturday’s Championship match against Brentford Deepdale with Aiden McGeady on the other flank (and Boyle on the bench), and the two made a massive impact on proceedings in a 4-2 victory.
McGeady was the star of the show, scoring two fine efforts and laying on an assist for Callum Robinson, but the addition of Horgan to the scoresheet is arguably a bigger story from an Irish point of view.
The goal itself came about after the 24-year-old broke in behind the Brentford defence, latching onto a pass from Ben Pearson and firing past Brentford keeper Daniel Bentley.
All six goals can be viewed below (Horgan’s goal (or “Hogan” as Jeff Stelling mistakenly calls him) is at 35 seconds, but McGeady’s goals are also well worth watching):
Two goals in three minutes, of which Horgan’s was the second, secured the win for Grayson’s side even accounting for a late consolation goal from Bees defender Maxime Colin.
The win takes Preston to tenth in the Championship table – even points behind Sheffield Wednesday in that final playoff place. So while it would take a monumental effort for Horgan, Boyle, McGeady et al to be playing Premier League football next season, it is at least a welcome return to form for the Lilywhites after four games without a win.