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Positive news for Ireland as Scott Hogan rediscovers goalscoring touch

18-year-old Jake Doyle-Hayes, who grew up in Cavan, also featured in Aston Villa’s 4-1 victory.

Scott Hogan (file pic).
Scott Hogan (file pic).
Image: Paul Thomas

SCOTT HOGAN HAS doubled his entire goals tally for Aston Villa in a 4-1 win against Wigan in the EFL Cup tonight.

The 25-year-old striker scored 14 goals in the Championship with Brentford in the first part of the 2016-17 campaign, before joining Villa for a reported £12 million fee last January.

Yet since his move, Hogan — who recently confirmed he was making himself available for Ireland selection — has struggled for goals since moving to Villa Park.

Before tonight, he had just two goals in 17 appearances for Steve Bruce’s side, with one of them coming in the EFL Cup against Colchester earlier this month.

Playing in the same competition tonight, Hogan claimed a brace, with goals in the 19th and 44th minute, before being replaced by Easah Suliman on 81 minutes.

The goals represent a much-needed confidence boost for the Salford native, who has failed to score in three Championship starts so far this campaign.

It was a night to remember too for 18-year-old midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes, who grew up in Cavan.

The youngster made his senior debut, playing the opening 78 minutes of the convincing victory over the League One table toppers, before Jordan Lyden came on in his place.

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