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Dublin: 12°C Thursday 22 April 2021

Irish names to the fore on a drama-filled goal-fest of a Premier League afternoon

Jeff Hendrick conjured a superb strike for Burnley while Stephen Ward was also on the mark.

Image: Martin Rickett

23 GOALS WERE scored across just five Premier League games this afternoon with plenty of drama and controversy around the grounds.

At Turf Moor, two Republic of Ireland internationals were on the mark as Burnley held on to get the better of Bournemouth.

Record signing Jeff Hendrick opened the scoring for the Clarets after 13 minutes with a superb half-volley to the top corner before Stephen Ward doubled their lead shortly after.

The Cherries responded in first-half injury-time through Benik Afobe before George Boyd seemed to put the game out of reach by adding Burnley’s third with 15 minutes left.

Still, Charlie Daniels’ late, late goal made things interesting though the hosts were able to see out the remaining few minutes and claim the 3-2 win.

Hull City v Crystal Palace - Premier League - KCOM Stadium Source: Anna Gowthorpe

Elsewhere, there was a six-goal thriller in Hull as Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace needed an 89th-minute equaliser from Fraizer Campbell to rescue a point against the Tigers.

It was to-and-fro throughout as Robert Snodgrass’s controversial penalty was cancelled out by Christian Benteke.

Wilfried Zaha put Palace in front with 20 minutes to go, only for Adama Diomande to level again moments later.

With 12 minutes left, Jake Livermore made it 3-2 to the home side but there was always the likelihood of another twist.

Hull City v Crystal Palace - Premier League - KCOM Stadium Source: Anna Gowthorpe

Campbell, the ex-Hull attacker, was a last throw of the dice from Pardew and came up trumps by heading home Zaha’s cross nine minutes after being introduced.

In the Valleys, there was some shelter from the storm for under-pressure Swansea coach Bob Bradley.

His side moved off the bottom of the table and into the dizzying heights of 17th after a 3-0 home win over Sunderland.

Swansea City v Sunderland - Premier League - Liberty Stadium Source: Nick Potts

Fernando Llorente conjured a brace while Gylfi Sigurdsson was also on target from the spot as the Swans delivered their third win of the season – arguably their most important.

It was a firm reminder to David Moyes of just how tough this campaign will be. After three wins from their last four fixtures, they’re at the foot of the table once again.

In today’s other games, Watford put three past an out-of-form Everton while Arsenal came from behind to get the better of Stoke.

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Eoin O'Callaghan

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