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Irish Player Ratings: Taylor & Harness Amongst The Goals In FA Cup

Irish Player Ratings: Taylor & Harness Amongst The Goals In FA Cup

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 were a number of Irish goalscorers in the FA Cup, with a couple of recent Ireland call-ups finding the back of the net. Elsewhere, Troy Parrott continued his return to fitness.

Here are the ratings in full.

Premier League

While there wasn't much to shout about in terms of goals or assists for Irish players in the Premier League, there were a couple of impressive performances.

Ciaran Clark was the pick of the bunch, earning a rating of 7.6/10 from Who Scored as he helped Newcastle to a late 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace. Chronicle Live were also impressed with the defender, saying he put in a 'towering display' at the back.

After being out of the Brighton team for the last few weeks, Aaron Connolly made a big impact on his return to the lineup for the game against Liverpool. He won a penalty early in the game, getting into promising positions throughout, although he really should have scored in the first half.

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John Egan, Jeff Hendrick, and Callum Robinson were the only other Irish players to start in the Premier League over the weekend.

Championship

Nathan Collins was the standout Irish performer in the Championship over the weekend, putting in an excellent display at right back for Stoke City in their 0-0 draw at Sheffield Wednesday. It was the 19-year old's seventh Championship appearance of the season.

There were also strong showings from the likes of Alex Pearce, Cyrus Christie, and Callum O'Dowda.

After his recent return from injury, Troy Parrott made his second consecutive start in Millwall's 0-0 draw with Birmingham City.

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League One

Due to the second round of the FA Cup taking place, only a handful of League One games went ahead over the weekend. Of the Irish player involved, Liam Kelly had the biggest contribution, earning a rating of 7.8/10 from Who Scored and registering an assist in Oxford United's loss to Swindon Town.

However, there were a number of Irish players amongst the goals in the FA Cup. The pick of the strikes came from Jack Taylor, although his volley was not enough to stop Peterborough losing 2-1 to non-league side Chorley.

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A couple of Irishmen found the back of the net in Portsmouth's 6-1 win over King's Lynn. Sean Roughan netted in the 51st minute, followed by Marcus Harness seven minutes later.

Harness linked up with the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time earlier this month, although he was not in the matchday squad for the game against Bulgaria. After showing some strong form over the last 18 months, he will be hoping to force his way into Stephen Kenny's plans for the March fixtures.

League Two

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Eoin Doyle was in fantastic form in Bolton Wanderers' 3-0 win over Southend. The striker netted twice, earning a rating of 8.4/10 from Who Scored.

Conor Wilkinson also found the back of the net, scoring Leyton Orient's second in the 3-2 win over Port Vale.

In the FA Cup, Padraig Amond and Harry Charsley were on target in wins for Newport County and Mansfield Town respectively.

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