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Two promising Irish teenagers handed chance to impress in League Cup

It’s a big night for Jake Doyle-Hayes and Jayson Molumby.

Jake Doyle Hayes (file pic).
Jake Doyle Hayes (file pic).
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Updated at 20.55

TWO PROMISING IRISH youngsters have been handed a chance to impress for their respective sides in the League Cup tonight.

18-year-old Waterford-born midfielder Jayson Molumby starts for Premier League outfit Brighton in their EFL Cup tie with Bournemouth.

Meanwhile, another 18-year-old midfielder, Jake Doyle-Hayes, who was born in Dublin but grew up in Cavan, features in the starting XI for Aston Villa, as they host Middlesbrough.

Both players in question made their respective senior debuts in the last round of the competition.

Meanwhile, the Seagulls have another Waterford youngster in their starting XI. 20-year-old Des Hutchinson, who can play both midfield and full-back, makes his senior debut for Chris Hughton’s team this evening.

There are also a couple of more established Irish players in action.

Kevin Long and Jeff Hendrick both feature in Burnley’s tie at home to Leeds, with the latter returning from injury and featuring for the Clarets for the first time since 19 August.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Galway-born defender Conor Shaughnessy is included for the visitors at Turf Moor. He has also been part of Leeds’ excellent start to the Championship season, and is making his sixth appearance in all competitions for Thomas Christiansen’s side.

Another promising teenager, Declan Rice, makes his sixth appearance in all competitions for West Ham, starting in their clash at home to Bolton.

Along with Doyle-Hayes, Scott Hogan gets a chance to impress for Villa. The English-born striker, who recently declared his allegiance to Martin O’Neill’s men, has three League Cup goals already this season, but has yet to open his account in seven Championship appearances — four of which have been from the bench.

Finally, Wes Hoolahan gets a chance to impress for Norwich. The 35-year-old Dubliner has started just three of the Canaries’ eight games in the Championship so far this season.

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