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Dublin: 18 °C Saturday 8 August, 2020

Irish Eye: Hunt on the mark as Trap faces injury crisis

Here’s your usual Monday round-up of how the Boys in Green got on in England and Scotland (and America).

Noel Hunt celebrates (file photo).
Noel Hunt celebrates (file photo).
Image: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

EVERY 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

Noel Hunt (Swansea 2-2 Reading) Hunt made it two goals from two games when he volleyed Reading into a 2-0 lead a minute before half-time at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City 0-0 Liverpool) There was bad news for Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni as Glenn Whelan limped off with a hamstring injury after just 20 minutes of Stoke’s scoreless draw with Liverpool at the Brittania. Jon Walters played the full 90 minutes.

James McClean (Manchester City 3-0 Sunderland) McClean played 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 3-0 defeat against Manchester City, but after complaining of muscle tightness, a scan on Monday showed that the winger strained a hip flexor which rules him out of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Germany on Friday.

Npower Championship

Sean St Ledger (Leicester City 2-0 Bristol City) St Ledger played 63 minutes of Leicester’s 2-0 win before he was substituted with a hamstring strain which is set to rule him out of the qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands.

Andy Reid (Peterborough United 0-1 Nottingham Forest) Reid scored his second league goal, finishing an excellent solo run in the 51st minute to give Forest their first away win of the season.

Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace 4-3 Burnley) Delaney came out on the right side of a seven-goal thriller as his goal in the 66th minute helped Crystal Palace come from behind to beat Burnley. Dubliner Chris McCann opened the scoring for Burnley in the 26th minute, finishing from close range.

League One

Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town 3-1 Colchester United) A debut brace from Paddy Madden helped Yeovil end their six-game losing streak against Colchester. On loan from Carlisle, the former Bohemians and Shelbourne striker made the most of a goalkeeping error to open the scoring in the 20th minute and doubled his tally 14 minutes later.

James Collins (Bury 0-1 Swindon Town) Collins got the only goal of the game in the first minute as his cross-cum-shot looped over Bury goalkeeper Trevor Carson and in to the net.

Darren Potter (MK Dons 2-2 Portsmouth) Potter was on hand in the 72nd minute to earn the MK Dons a draw, scrambling home the equaliser after Dean Lewington hit the bar.

Scottish Premier League

Eoin Doyle (Hibernian 3-0 Dundee) Doyle made it three goals in three games when he opened the scoring against Dundee with a header in the 29th minute.

Aaron Doran (Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-1 Ross County) Doran made sure of all three points for Inverness on Friday night, sealing the win with a low volley in the 87th minute.

Major League Soccer

Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy 1-2 Real Salt Lake) The Republic of Ireland skipper bagged his 15th goal of the season with a spectacular volley but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Galaxy from losing 2-1 against Real Salt Lake.

Ciaran Clark drafted into Ireland squad as St Ledger set to miss World Cup qualifiers

McClean out of Germany match

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