Katie McCabe’s second league goal of the season, Matt Doherty’s fourth in all competitions and league goal number 12 for Jay O’Shea were the highlights of the Irish abroad this weekend.
76 Republic of Ireland-qualified players lined out in the top leagues in England this weekend, scoring six goals in total.
There were two goals in the FA Cup and League Two, and one each in the Championship and Women’s Super League.
Two of those goals proved decisive, two put their sides ahead in games they’d ultimately win, while Jay O’Shea equalised against Lincoln City in a game that would end in a draw.
Of the 73 players featured in England, 24 lined out in the FA Cup, 15 in the Championship, 13 in League One, 20 in League Two and four in the Women’s Super League.
33 found their feet as professionals in league football in Ireland, with 31 in the League of Ireland (11, six, seven and seven respectively) and two in the Women’s National League.
Callum O’Dowda scored an eighth-minute equaliser as Bristol City edged past fellow Championship side Bolton Wanderers at Ashton Gate by a scoreline of 2-1.
A last-minute equaliser from Matt Doherty, his fourth goal of the season, earned Wolverhampton Wanderers a 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury Town.
There was a full debut for Ireland under-17 player Luca Connell in midfield for Bolton, while Marc Wilson started in the Trotters’ defence.
Shaun Williams and Aiden O’Brien started for Millwall as the Lions struck late to secure a 3-2 win over Seamus Coleman’s Everton.
Richard Keogh captained Derby, while Seamus Conneely started for Accrington Stanley, as the Rams beat the League One side 1-0.
A first Doncaster Rovers start for Kieran Sadlier yielded a win for the Yorkshire, as they ran out 2-1 winners at home to Oldham Athletic.
Dylan Connolly made his first start for Wimbledon since his move from Dundalk earlier this month, playing a key part in their 4-2 giantkilling of Premier League West Ham United.
Kevin Long, Stephen Ward, Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady all started for Burnley in the all-Premier League clash at Eastlands, but Long scored an own goal as Manchester City won 5-0.
There was disappointment for Gillingham pair Mark Byrne and Bradley Garmston as they were comprehensively beaten 4-1 by Swansea City.
Padraig Amond and Mark O’Brien started for Newport County as the Welsh club picked up another famous cup result, with a last-minute goal snatching a draw at Darren Randolph’s Middlesbrough.
Ciaran Clark was on the wrong side of a 2-0 scoreline as Newcastle United were beaten 2-0 at home by fellow Premier League side Watford.
Both Ronan Curtis and Ryan Manning played 90 minutes for Portsmouth and Queens Park Rangers respectively, and they’ll have to do it all again after the game finish 1-1 at Fratton Park.
And Keiren Westwood was powerless to prevent Chelsea from powering to a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Women’s Super League
Katie McCabe scored and Louise Quinn played 90 minutes for Arsenal as they beat Reading, who had Grace Moloney in goal, 3-0 to stay within a point of league leaders Manchester City.
Ireland goalkeeper Marie Hourihan was stretchered off in the first half against her former side Manchester City as Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 3-0 away defeat.
Alan Browne scored his tenth goal of the season, while Sean Maguire registered an assist, as Preston North End won 2-0 away at Stoke City, who had James McClean as a second-half sub.
Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane started for Aston Villa, while Alan Judge and Will Keane started for Ipswich Town, as the Villians carved out a 2-1 win.
Darragh Lenihan played all 90 minutes as Blackburn Rovers ran out comprehensive 3-0 winners over Hull City at Ewood Park.
John Egan and Enda Stevens started, while David McGoldrick was a second-half sub, as Sheffield United lost ground on leaders Leeds United after being held to a 2-2 draw by Norwich City.
Daryl Murphy started as Nottingham Forest registered the first win of the Martin O’Neill era, overcoming Wigan, for whom Darron Gibson started, 3-1.
There was disappointment for Richie Towell and Anthony Forde as they surrendered an early lead to lose 2-1 at home to league leaders Leeds United.
Conor O’Malley was restored to the starting line-up for Peterborough United and saved a penalty, won by Charlton’s Josh Cullen, to secure a point, but he couldn’t save manager Steve Evans’ job.
Ryan Delaney played 90 minutes but couldn’t prevent Rochdale from falling to a 2-1 defeat away to Barnsley.
Anthony O’Connor and Eoin Doyle started for Bradford City, while Stephen Quinn started for Burton Albion, as the sides shared a 1-1 draw by the Trent.
Former Bohemians and Shelbourne striker Paddy Madden started for Fleetwood Town against his former club Scunthorpe United, but he couldn’t prevent them falling to a 1-0 defeat.
James Collins and Alan McCormack started as Luton Town moved back to the summit with a 1-0 win at Southend United, who had Simon Cox starting and Stephen McLaughlin a second-half sub.
Niall Canavan and former Bohemians loanee Graham Carey played 90 minutes for Plymouth Argyle as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at in-form Wycombe Wanderers.
Eddie Nolan headed a late winner, and Paul Green registered two assists, as Crewe Alexandra snatched a 2-1 win over Colchester United, for whom Rene Gilmartin was in goal.
A 12th goal of the season for Jay O’Shea saw Bury, for whom Eoghan O’Connell and Joe Murphy also started, take a point at home to league leaders Lincoln City, for whom Lee Frecklington started.
Both Kieran O’Hara and Fiacre Kelleher started for ten-man Macclesfield Town as they fell to a 3-2 defeat away to Cheltenham Town, for whom Kevin Dawson was a first-half sub.
Gavin Gunning started for Forest Green Rovers as the promotion-chasers Forest Green Rovers as they beat Mark Timlin’s Stevenage 2-0.
Pierce Sweeney and Dara O’Shea played 90 minutes for Exeter City as they edged out a Cambridge United side containing Jake Carroll and Gary Deegan 1-0.
Ryan Sweeney played 90 minutes for Mansfield Town as they ran out easy 3-0 winners over Tranmere Rovers at Field Mill.
Carlisle United kept up the pressure on the top three as Jamie Devitt and Anthony Gerrard played 90 minutes of their 1-0 win away to Port Vale.
Canice Carroll played 90 minutes for Swindon Town as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Crawley Town.
Tommie Hoban made his return from injury as a late substitute in Aberdeen’s scoreless draw with Kilmarnock, for whom Gary Dicker and Alan Power started in midfield.
Charles Dunne started and Carl McHugh was a late substitute as Motherwell secured a 1-0 win away to Dundee.
Colin Doyle and Jake Mulraney started Hearts’ 2-0 home win over St Johnstone, who had Joe Shaughnessy in the first eleven.
Daryl Horgan started for Hibernian as they won 3-1 away at St Mirren, in the absence of suspended manager Neil Lennon.
Rest of the World
Daniel Crowley scored the only goal of the game as Willem II won away at Utrecht to move up to ninth in the Eredivisie.
Ex-Cork City striker Roy O’Donovan played 85 minutes of Newcastle Jets’ 1-0 win over his former club Central Coast Mariners.
Andy Keogh was a second-half substitute as Perth Glory were held to a goalless draw at home to Adelaide United.
And Cillian Sheridan started Wellington Phoenix’s narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Sydney FC.