Irish Abroad: Ciaran Clark helps Aston Villa get first point

Three Irishmen found the net in the Premier League, with Shane Long scoring to extend West Brom's good start, while Jonathan Walters helped Stoke gain a point with a penalty
By Ronan Murphy


Shay Given was dropped from the Aston Villa lineup after a poor start to the season, and Paul Lambert was rewarded by the decision as understudy Brad Guzan pulled off some fantastic saves to give Villa their first point of the season. Irish defender Ciaran Clark bagged the visitors' goal in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle, heading in after a one-two with Barry Bannan.

Shane Long continued his scoring streak for West Bromwich Albion, netting their opener from close range after hitting the crossbar earlier in the game. Darron Gibson was forced off injured after just 20 minutes as the Baggies beat Everton 2-0 to extend their unbeaten start.

Wigan Athletic and Stoke City played out a 2-2 draw with Jon Walters scoring from the spot, but it was James McCarthy who ran the show in midfield for the home side, completing an impressive 46 out of 48 attempted passes.


Derby County trashed Watford 5-1 on Saturday, with three Irishmen finding the net for the Rams. New signing Richard Keogh opened the scoring with a header, with Jeff Hendrick and Conor Sammon adding goals of their own to make it 3-0 at the break.

Millwall's Andy Keogh continues to bang them in at Championship level, scoring twice to give the Lions their first home win of the season. The striker now has 11 goals in his last 20 club games.

Stephen Quinn had a debut to remember, netting Hull City's third goal in their 3-1 win over Bolton Wanderers to increase the pressure on Bolton boss Owen Coyle.

Brentford came back from 2-0 down against Walsall, scoring twice in the last five minutes to snatch a point against the Saddlers. A poor clearance from Walsall goalkeeper David Grof gave the ball straight to former Ireland international Jonathan Douglas, and the Monaghan man made no mistake, blasting the ball into the roof of the net.

A late goal from Alan Judge helped Notts County move to third in the table with a 2-0 win over Bury. With Bury pushing men forward, the Magpies broke and sealed the game in the 90th minute when Judge slotted in.


Paul Cook's Accrington Stanley recorded a 3-0 victory over Cheltenham with the help of two former League of Ireland players. Carlow's Padraig Amond opened the scoring in the fourth minute and new signing Romauld Boco sealed the tie in the second half with a goal on his debut.

Michael Spillane opened the scoring for Dagenham and Redbridge in their 2-2 away draw with AFC Wimbledon. Spillane headed in after 28 minutes, but Terry Brown's side were level just minutes later.


Richie Foran scored a consolation goal for Inverness Caledonian Thistle as they slumped to a 4-1 defeat against Motherwell. Foran headed past Irish keeper Darren Randolph to net against his former club, but Randolph did well to keep out numerous chances to see Motherwell overtake Celtic at the top of the table.

Dundee United's Irish contingent recorded their first draw of the season, playing out a scoreless game with St Johnstone as Gavin Gunning and Sean Dillon did well in the Terrors backline.

Robbie Keane and Andy O'Brien were expected to meet for the first time in MLS on Saturday night, but the reunion was put on hold as O'Brien missed out through injury. Keane had a goal ruled out for offside as LA Galaxy beat Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 to stay fourth in the Western Conference.

In Iceland, former Toronto FC draftee Steven Beattie scored twice for Tindastoll in their 2-1 win over Leiknir Reykjavik. The Dubliner struck an excellent volley in the second half to almost guarantee safety for the 1. Dield side.


Plenty of Irish players found new clubs on transfer deadline day, despite moves for Glenn Whelan and Kevin Doyle failing to materialise. Damien Delaney made the switch from Ipswich Town to Crystal Palace, while Adam Rooney joined Swindon Town on loan from Birmingham City.

Cian Bolger returned to Bristol Rovers on a third loan spell, with Kane Ferdinand's transfer costing £200,000 to move to Championship side Peterborough United from Southend United. Stephen Quinn also climbed a division, moving from Sheffield United to Hull City for an undisclosed fee.


Darren Randolph (Motherwell)

Defenders: Sean Dillon (Motherwell), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Michael Spillane (Dag & Red), Richard Keogh (Derby)

Midfielders: Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Jonathan Douglas (Brentford), James McCarthy (Wigan)

Forwards: Steven Beattie (Tindastoll), Shane Long (West Brom), Andy Keogh (Millwall)