Sunday 17 December 2017

Woe for Irish legion in shock Preston exit

Daryl Horgan Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images
Daryl Horgan Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The Irish legion at Preston suffered a rough night in the EFL Cup as they were on the receiving end of a defeat to Accrington in the shock of the round.

Preston boss Alex Neil made nine changes from the side which beat Sheffield Wednesday over the weekend with ex-Cork City man Kevin O'Connor brought in for his debut.

Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan also started and, while the latter did make one goal in a thrilling second half where the Championship side came from behind twice, Accrington struck an injury-time winner. Sean Maguire and Alan Browne were introduced during the late drama but couldn't help to avoid defeat against the League Two side.

Elsewhere, there were some positive Irish stories with Liam Kelly (Reading) and David McGoldrick (Ipswich) bagging a brace each in victories over Gillingham and Luton respectively.

Kelly was outstanding for Reading in his breakthrough season last term and will be hoping to push his way into Martin O'Neill's plans. McGoldrick was on the bench for Ipswich's Championship opener and has been plagued with injury problems but his 90-minute contribution bodes well for the coming weeks.

Paddy Madden also scored twice for Scunthorpe in a lively game with Notts County that finished 3-3 after extra-time. Madden also converted as Scunthorpe advanced via the penalty shoot-out.

Wes Hoolahan is being eased back into the Norwich side and he was on target in a 3-2 win over Swindon.

Irish Independent

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