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Ireland's Shane Duffy scored an absolute thunderbolt today

The Derry native was not the only Irishman on target in the Championship today.

SHANE DUFFY BLASTED home the winner as Blackburn beat Brentford 1-0 in the Championship today.

Duffy’s third goal of the season eased Blackburn’s relegation fears, though Brentford are now just six points off the relegation zone having lost seven of their last eight games.

Irish players Alan Judge and Alan McCormack started for the Bees, while along with Duffy, Darragh Lenihan completed 90 minutes for Rovers.

Another Irish player, Leon Best, scored the winner — his third in two games — as Rotherham beat Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich 1-0.

Elsewhere, Galway native Greg Cunningham provided the assist, as former Shamrock Rovers and Sligo striker Eoin Doyle came off the bench to score a last-minute equaliser in his side’s 1-1 draw against QPR.

Both Duffy and Judge were among those named in Ireland’s final squad for upcoming friendlies with Slovakia and Switzerland, though Cunningham was omitted, having been included in the original 40-man panel.

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