Had Boots Did Travel - FA Cup Third Round Special (January 9 2017)

Thu, Jan 11 2018

Daryl Horgan scored his second senior goal for Preston in the 5-1 rout of Wycombe. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

There were 49 Republic of Ireland-declared players in action in the third round of the FA Cup in England this weekend, including an impressive 13 who came through the League of Ireland.


There were five goals in total scored by Irish players in the Cup, including braces for Millwall's Aiden O'Brien and Preston North End's Alan Browne in emphatic victories.


Elsewhere in the English league system, 11 Irish players lined out in League One's four games, two from League of Ireland backgrounds, contributing two goals.


There was one Irish representative each in all four of League Two's games as well, with one having come through the League of Ireland.


FA Cup


Aiden O'Brien scored twice and set up another as Millwall routed Barnsley 4-1 at the New Den. Shaun Williams also completed the 90 minutes for the home side.


There was a brace too for Alan Browne, while Daryl Horgan also netted, as Preston North End routed Wycombe Wanderers 5-1. Greg Cunningham started and Andy Boyle was a late sub for the Lilywhites.


After 21 months on the sidelines with a horror leg injury, Alan Judge made his first-team comeback with a 20 minute cameo for Brentford as they were beaten 1-0 at home by high-flying Notts County.


James McCarthy started for just the second time in 11 months as he continues to work his way back from injury, but he couldn't stop Everton falling to a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.


Continuing a theme, Stephen Ireland was on the losing side as he made his first appearance since breaking his leg 20 months ago, Stoke City falling 2-1 to Michael Doyle's Coventry City.


There were clean sheets for Cardiff City's Brian Murphy and Mansfield Town's Conrad Logan at Cardiff Arms Park, where Anthony Pilkington made a late appearance for the Welsh side.


On-loan Liverpool defender Corey Whelan made his senior debut as a substitute during Yeovil Town's 2-0 win over League One Bradford City at Huish Park.


And both Declan Rice and Jack Cullen played from the start for West Ham United in their 0-0 draw away to Shrewsbury Town.


Richard Keogh was captain and Alex Pearce started alongside him in defence as Derby County conceded two late goals to lose 2-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.


Fleetwood Town and Leicester City will have to do it all again at the Premier League side's ground after playing out a scoreless draw, in which Cian Bolger starred for Town against his former club.


Darren Randolph started and Cyrus Christie was a late sub as Middlesbrough overcame north-east rivals Sunderland, who had John O'Shea and Marc Wilson in defence, 2-0.


Former St Patrick's Athletic playmaker Chris Forrester starred in midfield for Peterborough United as they were comfortable 3-1 winners away to Conor Hourihane's Aston Villa.


David Meyler was a late sub as Hull City edged out Blackburn Rovers, who had Derrick Williams in their 11, 1-0 at Ewood Park.


Jack Bonham and Jamie Devitt started, while John O'Sullivan was a second-half sub, as Carlisle United held Sheffield Wednesday to a goalless draw at home.


Ian Lawlor played 90 minutes for Doncaster Rovers as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Rochdale, for whom Keith Keane was a second-half substitute.


There was a rare start for James McClean as West Bromwich Albion eased to a 2-0 win at Exeter City, for whom ex-Bray Wanderers defender Pierce Sweeney and Liam McAlinden both started.


Shane Long started for Southampton as they eked out a 1-0 win away to Fulham.


Samir Carruthers started in midfield for Sheffield United as they overcame Ipswich Town 1-0 at Portman Road, with David McGoldrick in the starting 11 for Ipswich.


Both Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long played the full 90 minutes for Burnley, while Jon Walters was a late sub, as they surrendered an early lead to go down 4-1 at Manchester City.


Ciaran Clark started for Newcastle United as they survived a second-half rally to win 3-1 at home to Luton Town, who had James Collins and Glenn Rea in the starting line-up.


Paul McShane and Liam Kelly both started as Reading were held to a 0-0 draw by Stevenage at Broadhall Way.


Matt Doherty played the entire 90 minutes as Wolverhampton Wanderers held Premier League Swansea to a scoreless draw at Molineux.


Padraig Amond started and Mark O'Brien was a late sub for Newport County as they were surprise 2-1 winners over Leeds United, for whom Conor Shaughnessy scored an own goal.


League One


Former Bohemians playmaker Graham Carey scored Plymouth Argyle's second goal in a routine 3-0 win over Bury, who had Stephen Dawson in the first eleven.


John Joe O'Toole opened the scoring, Sam Foley started and Brendan Moloney was a late sub as Northampton Town won 3-1 at home to Southend United, for whom Stephen McLoughlin and Simon Cox started, and Michael Timlin appeared from the bench.


Paul Green started and Courtney Duffus was a substitute as Oldham Athletic lost 1-0 away to Charlton Athletic.


Canice Carroll played the full 90 minutes as Oxford United ran out 1-0 winners at home to Blackpool.


League Two


There was a league debut for Jimmy Dunne as the Burnley loanee was introduced from the bench during Accrington Stanley's 4-0 razoring of Chesterfield.


Kevin Dawson played 90 minutes as Cheltenham Town rolled over Colchester United 4-1 in Essex.


Gavin Gunning made his first appearance for Forest Green Rovers since his move from Port Vale as his new club beat his old club 1-0.


And Barry Roche kept a clean sheet for Morecambe as they moved clear of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at Grimsby Town.


Rest of the World


Andy Keogh started for Perth Glory as they fell to a 2-0 home defeat to Melbourne Victory.


And Robbie Keane started ATK's 1-0 away defeat to Bengaluru FC.