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Flying the flag! Irish trio on target on busy day of Championship openers

Preston’s Alan Browne, Milwall’s Aidan O’Brien and Nottingham Forest’s Daryl Murphy all hit goals.

IRISH TRIO AIDEN O’Brien, Alan Browne and Daryl Murphy were all on target on a busy day of Championship action in their side’s respective openers.

Cork midfielder Browne bagged Preston’s winner at Deepdale, his header seeing them 1-0 victors over Queens Park Rangers.

Callum Robinson also featured in the starting XI, while Daryl Horgan and Graham Burke were on the bench.

Elsewhere, O’Brien scored Milwall’s opener in their 2-2 draw against Middlesborough.

The Islington-born Ireland international found the back of the net for the first time since January — and his 30th as a Milwall player — after just 11 minutes.

Millwall v Middlesbrough - Sky Bet Championship - The Den Source: EMPICS Sport

Daryl Murphy was also on the mark for Nottingham Forest as they drew with Bristol City at Ashton Gate. The Waterford man hit a second-half equaliser.

James McClean could make his Stoke City debut tomorrow as Stoke City get their campaign up and running away to Leeds United.

Bristol City v Nottingham Forest - Sky Bet Championship - Ashton Gate Source: Mark Kerton

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