The Wolverhampton Wanderers striker opened his account for the new season, while Anthony Stokes impressed for Celtic with a goal and two assists
By Ronan Murphy
James McCarthy came off the bench to make his first appearance for Everton in their 1-0 win over Chelsea. The Toffees' £13m deadline day signing had a 25 minute cameo as Roberto Martinez's side held on for an unexpected victory.
Fellow deadline day mover Stephen Ireland was also given a brief run out for new club Stoke City as they held Manchester City to a scoreless draw. Jonathan Walters started up front for the Potters, but will be disappointed with his performance after missing a couple of good chances.
Robbie Brady lasted 67 minutes in Hull City's 1-1 draw against Cardiff City before being replaced by fellow Irish international Stephen Quinn. Paul McShane and David Meyler were unused substitutes in the stalemate.
Nottingham Forest striker Simon Cox opened his goalscoring tally for the 2013-14 Championship season with a close-range effort to help his side beat Barnsley 3-2, and move to third in the table. The 26-year-old had gone close early on, only to see his effort come back off the crossbar, but opened the scoring after 18 minutes with an instinctive finish. Fellow Irishman Andy Reid also put in a good display, delivering the cross for Forest's late winner.
Richard Dunne was commanding in defence for Queens Park Rangers as they defeated Birmingham City to record their fourth successive victory. The veteran Irishman was involved in the build-up to the only goal of the game, as Rangers finally got the ball past Darren Randolph.
Irish duo Kevin Doyle and Kevin Foley both got their names on the scoresheet as Wolverhampton Wanderers were made to work hard in their 3-2 win over Swindon Town. Doyle headed in just before half-time, which Foley struck late to seal all three points for the hosts.
Republic of Ireland under-21 international Jack Grealish played in his first ever senior league game, coming off the bench in Notts County's 3-1 defeat to Milton Keynes Dons. Shaun Williams was on target for Dons, curling in a fine free-kick to put his side two goals ahead.
Padraig Amond showed great composure to score the winning goal in Morecambe's 3-2 away victory over Newport, stepping up to slot home a 70th minute penalty to lift his side into the playoff positions.
Substitute John O'Flynn came off the bench to help Exeter City come from behind to defeat Northampton Town 2-1, scoring a stoppage time header which brings him to three goals in six league appearances so far this season.
Anthony Stokes was on target once again for Celtic, but also was the provider for his side's other two goals in a 3-1 away win over Hearts. The victory helped the Bhoys consolidate second-place, but are still three points adrift of leaders Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
ICT held onto top spot thanks to a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock, where Richie Foran opened the scoring with an early headed effort.
Pat Fenlon's Hibernian moved into the top half of the table with a 2-1 victory at St Johnstone, as Irish strikers Paul Heffernan and James Collins both found the target.
Robbie Keane scored his 13th Major League Soccer goal of the season in Los Angeles Galaxy's 2-2 draw with DC United, but saw the hosts twice come from behind to share the spoils at the Robert F Kennedy memorial stadium.
Aiden McGeady returned from injury for Spartak Moscow in their 1-0 win over Volga, replacing Armenian winger Aras Ozbiliz with just over 20 minutes to go. The run out was McGeady's first in over a month, as his side stayed just three points off the top of the Russian Premier League table.
Union Berlin moved top of the 2. Bundesliga with a 1-0 away victory against FC Ingolstadt. Patrick Kohlmann started at full-back for the Iron Ones, and helped his side to a clean sheet with a decent display.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Goalkeeper: Darren Randolph (Birmingham)
Defenders: Patrick Kohlmann (Union Berlin), Richard Dunne (QPR), Richard Keogh (Derby), Kevin Foley (Wolves)
Midfielders: Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), Shaun Williams (MK Dons), Richie Foran (Inverness)
Forwards: Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest), Anthony Stokes (Celtic)