In-form Irish midfielders among the scorers in the Championship

Alan Browne and Conor Hourihane scored for their respective clubs.

Conor Hourihane celebrates a goal (file pic).
Conor Hourihane celebrates a goal (file pic).
Image: Nick Potts

IRISH MIDFIELDER ALAN Browne was among the scorers in the Championship today.

The Cork-born player brought his side level after 47 minutes, though his goal could not inspire a win, as Preston lost 2-1 at home to Hull.

Although Alex Neil’s men are now 17th in the table, Browne has been in good individual form, with nine goals to his name in all competitions.

Ex-Shamrock Rovers player Graham Burke also started for the Lilywhites, but went off at half-time.

Meanwhile, fellow Irish midfielder Conor Hourihane got the winner with a header in Aston Villa’s 1-0 victory over Swansea, before Orjan Nyland stopped a 90th-minute penalty by Wilfried Bony.

It was the 27-year-old’s fifth goal of the season in all competitions, with Villa moving up to ninth as a result.

Dubliner Glenn Whelan also completed 90 minutes for Dean Smith’s side, while Scott Hogan was an unused sub.

Another Irish international, David McGoldrick, made it seven for the season, as he was on target in Sheffield United’s 3-1 win over Frank Lampard’s Derby.

The Blades moved up to fourth with the victory over their promotion rivals.

The game had plenty of other Irish representatives, with Enda Stevens and John Egan lining out for the hosts, and Richard Keogh starting for the visitors.

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It was a less positive afternoon for Irish defender Derrick Williams, meanwhile, as his own goal helped Leeds beat Blackburn 3-2.

Darragh Lenihan also completed 90 minutes for Tony Mowbray’s team.

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