Wednesday 7 December 2016

Cunningham breaks Preston duck in sweet win on old turf

Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30

Ireland's Greg Cunningham scored his first goal for Preston. Photo: Brian Lawless / Sportsfile
Ireland's Greg Cunningham scored his first goal for Preston. Photo: Brian Lawless / Sportsfile

Greg Cunningham scored his first goal for Preston at home of his former employers Bristol City on an eventful night in the Championship.

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The Galwegian full-back struck in the 81st minute, venturing forward to dispatch a diving header that secured all three points for the visitors at Ashton Gate. Dubliner Eoin Doyle and Corkman Alan Browne were also involved for the victors.

Ex-Bohemians defender Matt Doherty also made a rare appearance on the scoresheet for Wolves with his second-half effort eventually proving to be the difference in a 3-2 defeat of Fulham at Molineux.

There was disappointment for Alan Judge as Middlesbrough made a significant move at the top of the table by profiting from a David Button own goal to win at Brentford. Boro are now six clear of second-placed Derby with a game in hand, with the Rams giving away an early lead to draw at home to Reading. Jeff Hendrick and Cyrus Christie both picked up bookings.

The promotion-chasing Irish managers had mixed fortunes. Brighton's slump continued with a loss at relegation-threatened Rotherham, continuing an alarming run of form for Chris Hughton's charges. Richie Towell did not feature.

However, Mick McCarthy's Ipswich came from behind to break the hearts of Leeds with Brett Pitman notching a winner in injury-time. They are now fifth, ahead of Brighton on goal difference.

Elsewhere, Stephen Ward retained his place in the Burnley side as they jumped to fourth with an emphatic 5-0 triumph away to MK Dons.

Down in League One, Chris McCann was on target for Wigan but they contrived to throw away a 3-0 advantage to draw 3-3 with Sheffield United.

Irish Independent

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