Monday 26 August 2019

Stunning Hendrick strike lights up Irish eyes

Burnley's Jeff Hendrick celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Burnley's Jeff Hendrick celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

A stunning goal from Jeff Hendrick was the highlight of the Irish weekend as the Burnley midfielder set the Clarets en route to an entertaining victory over Harry Arter's Bournemouth.

Hendrick provided a contender for goal of the season with a fantastic first touch to cushion an overhit pass on his thigh and tee up a right-footer that soared into the top corner.

"It's just a shame we're not Arsenal because it would be shown a thousand times instead of maybe four," said his manager Sean Dyche.

Stephen Ward was also on target for the hosts, the first time that two Irish players were on target for the same club in a Premier League game since Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan struck for Norwich against West Ham last season.

Unclear

In the Championship, Scott Hogan scored another brace for Brentford to sink Burton Albion but it's still unclear if he will become an option for Martin O'Neill.

A weekend interview with his club team-mate John Egan cast further doubt, with the defender reluctant to discuss the topic and said it was up to Hogan. Egan had previously expressed confidence that his pal would be coming on board.

Conor Hourihane continued his excellent season at Barnsley by hitting the target in their surprise win over Norwich.

Two full-backs who have also struggled to get into O'Neill's squad impressed going forward, with Matt Doherty on the scoresheet in Wolves' thrilling 4-4 draw with Fulham and a brilliant assist from Greg Cunningham teeing up Preston's winner in a 3-2 derby success over Blackburn.

Back at home, Shelbourne boss Owen Heary has completed a double signing from Bohemians to strengthen his squad for a promotion tilt, with experienced centre-half Derek Prendergast and goalkeeper Dean Delany joining the Reds.

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