As the transfer window draws to a close, the new season has kicked off. Brian Barry looks at the top five performances by the Irish, cross-channel on the opening weekend.
5. Aiden McGeady (Everton)
This is the season that McGeady’s Premier Leaguecareer looks set to take off, and it had the best possible start. It only took 19 minutes for the the Glasgow-born winger to open Everton’s account for the season with a screamer.
Despite some loose passing, it is a performance McGeady can build upon in the coming weeks.
4. Richard Dunne (QPR)
Dunne was called ashore with 12 minutes to go, but it was an impressive display all-round, amidst speculation that the arrival of Rio Ferdinand may spell the end for the Dubliner at Loftus Road.
Despite a yellow card, he put in a good shift, with an important block diverting Nikica Jelavic’s volley over the bar.
3. John O’Shea (Sunderland)
The Waterford native was solid throughout Sunderland’s 2-2 draw with West Brom.
While winning most aerial duels, he put his body on the line to block several long range efforts. It was a captain’s display as he led by example to get the Black Cats off to a sound start.
2. David Mooney (Leyton Orient)
Mooney has continued where he left off last season; scoring goals.
Leyton Orient’s 2013/2014 top scorer looked dangerous throughout, and netted the O’s second on 58 minutes. Should the former Reading striker push on again, he will not spend long in League 1.
1. Stephen Quinn (Hull City)
Quinn may be well down the pecking order as far as Martin O’Neill is concerned, but had a major impact when introduced against QPR. Robert Snodgrass was called ashore due to injury, prompting the introduction of the former Sheffield United winger.
The three time Irish international rose to the challenge, looking dangerous throughout, and providing the cross for James Chester’s winner from a corner.
Brian Barry, Pundit Arena.