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Irish Eye: Long puts family loss to one side, downs Chelsea

Despite losing his grandmother, the Baggies striker played, and scored, on Saturday.

VERY MONDAY, WE scan the passports, check the family trees and cross-reference with the “granny rule” to keep you informed about the ups and downs of all the Irish (and Irish-eligible) footballers in England, Scotland and further afield.

Think of us as the Tardelli to your Trap, if you will…

Premier League

Shane Long (West Brom 2-1 Chelsea)

The Tipperary striker put the passing of his 99-year-old grandmother Elizabeth to one side to play courageously for the Baggies – scoring a 10th-minute header in their 2-1 win over Chelsea before returning to Ireland to attend the funeral. He celebrated his fourth league goal of the season by revealing a t-shirt which read “Rest in Peace Nan”.

Anthony Pilkington (Norwich 1-0 Manchester United)

The Canaries caused a major upset against Manchester United at Carrow Road on Saturday evening and their Irish pair Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan played pivotal roles in the win. Hoolahan again excelled behind Grant Holt and was involved in the build-up for Pilkington’s first goal of the current campaign, which proved decisive.

Seamus Coleman (Reading 2-1 Everton)

Only days ago, Donegal full-back Coleman was turning in a man-of-the-match for Ireland but endured a more difficult afternoon at the Madejeski Stadium on Saturday. The 24-year-old needlessly brought down Adam Le Fondre inside the box on 79 minutes to allow the Royals earn their first league since since returning to the top tier.

Enda Stevens (Manchester City 5-0 Aston Villa)

After making his full league debut against United last weekend, Stevens and fellow Irish players Ciaran Clark and Stephen Ireland were on the wrong end of a 5-0 drubbing by the reigning Premier League champions at the Etihad.

League One

Dave Mooney (Carlisle 1-4 Leyton Orient)

Ex-Cork City and Longford Town frontman Dave Mooney was on target  twice for the visitors, while one-time capped Ireland international Peter Murphy scored Carlisle’s only goal.

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town 2-2 Walsall)

22 minutes in, Billy Clarke struck his seventh goal in all competitions to help deny the Saddler a win.


Cillian Sheridan (Dundee United 3-3 Kilmarnock)

Cavan’s Cillian Sheridan fired Killie into the lead with a superb free-kick from 30 yards at Tannadice on Friday night after being fouled by Sean Dillon. However, Jon Daly scored twice to rescue a point for Dundee in what turned out to be a cracking game.

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Richie Foran (Inverness CT 1-5 Motherwell)

Foran’s goal on 47 minutes couldn’t prevent Motherwell from seeing off the home side in the Highlands.


Robbie Keane (Seattle Sounders 2-1 LA Galaxy, 2-4 on agg)

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