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Irish Player Ratings: Kayode & Curtis On Fire As Pair Build On Encouraging International Breaks

Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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We're back with another round of Irish player ratings, giving you a look at the performances of our footballers plying their trade abroad.

There wasn't much to shout about in the Premier League, although Jayson Molumby was handed a league debut by Brighton.

A bit lower down the divisions, a couple of exciting wingers were amongst the goals. Here are the ratings in full.

Premier League

There was very little to report in terms of Irish contributions in the Premier League over the weekend. Only three Irish players started for their teams, with John Egan, David McGoldrick, and Ciaran Clark each playing 90 minutes. Egan was the pick of the bunch according to Who Scored.

One standout moment came in Brighton's win over Aston Villa. Jayson Molumby made his Premier League debut for the club, coming off the bench in injury time.

With Molumby already looking like a key player for Ireland, hopefully he sees plenty more gametime over the coming months.

With Crystal Palace, Southampton, and Burnley to play today, we should see more Irish players in action.




Shaun Williams as the standout Irish performer in the Championship, registering an assist and playing the full 90 minutes in Millwall's 1-1 draw with Cardiff City.

Troy Parrott, who has now recovered from his recent injury issues, came off the bench for the final 15 minutes of that game to make his Championship debut.

James Collins also got an assist, coming off the bench to help level the scores in Luton Town's 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

Trevor Clarke also impressed for Rotherham United despite their 1-0 loss to Swansea, earning a rating of 7.4/10 from Who Scored.


An interesting side note to the weekend's action was the return of Keiren Westwood. Westwood made his first appearance for Sheffield Wednesday in over a year in the loss to Preston.

The goalkeeper had fallen out with former manager Garry Monk, but was immediately recalled to the team after the appointment of Tony Pulis.



League One

Ronan Curtis was in stunning form in Portsmouth's 4-1 win over Crewe Alexandra, netting an impressive brace. His second was a cracking effort, jinking his way through the defence before steering the ball home.

Marcus Harness, who was with the Ireland squad for the recent game against Bulgaria, also started that game for Pompey.

Curtis' rating of 9.2/10 from Who Scored is one of the highest registered by Irish players this season, with the winger also included in the League One Team of the Week, as well as the EFL Team of the Week.


Gillingham goalkeeper Jack Bonham was also in that side, putting in a man-of-the-match performance in his side's draw with Charlton. The 27-year old has represented Ireland at underage level and is one of the few Irish eligible to be playing consistently this season.

The only other direct goal contribution from an Irish player in League One came from Paddy Madden, who got an assist in Fleetwood Town's 5-1 win over Plymouth Argyle.


League Two

Fresh off an impressive stint with the Ireland U21 side, Joshua Kayode found the back of the net in Carlisle United's 3-0 victory over Crawley Town.

On loan from Rotherham, the winger has been in impressive form this season.

Oldham Athletic goalkeeper Ian Lawlor was included in the League Two Team of the Week after his team's 2-1 win over Exeter City, continuing what has been a very strong season.

The other standout performer in League Two was Conor Wilkinson, with the Leyton Orient striker grabbing an assist and earning a rating of 8.3/10 from Who Scored in the 3-0 win over Harrogate Town.

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