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There's Plenty Of Opportunity To Watch Irish Players On TV This Weekend

There's Plenty Of Opportunity To Watch Irish Players On TV This Weekend
By PJ Browne Updated

FA Cup third round weekend will see plenty of Irish players in action - many of them on TV.

West Ham vs Man City - Friday 7:55 BBC One

Darren Randolph is on the other side which it comes to squad rotation this season. On West Ham's run to the FA Cup quarter-finals last season, the Bray man was the beneficiary as Slaven Bilic chose to start him instead of regular number one Adrian.

Randolph is now first choice for the Croatian. It's yet to be seen whether or not Bilic will adopt the same rotation policy as he did last season.

Man Utd vs Reading - Saturday 12:30 BT Sport 1

There could be two Irish players in the starting line-up for Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon - Paul McShane and Liam Kelly.

McShane is Reading captain and having a solid season for the side currently third in the Championship.

Ireland U21 international Liam Kelly has just broken into the Reading first team of late. Against Bristol City on Monday, Kelly came off the bench to inspire his side to come back from a two goal deficit to win 3-2. The 21-year-old contributed a goal and assist.

The game will also feature plenty of talk regarding Reading manager Jaap Stam's return to Old Trafford.


Preston vs Arsenal - Saturday 5:30 BT Sport 1

Prior to the acquisition of Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle, Preston already had a strong Irish contingent. Alan Browne, Greg Cunningham, Eoin Doyle and Aiden McGeady are all part of Simon Grayson's squad.

Speaking on Off The Ball recently, Grayson said Boyle and Horgan would not be considered for the January 2nd game against Burton Albion. He did say that they would be options for the cup tie.

Liverpool vs Plymouth - Sunday 1:30 BT Sport 2

Plymouth are flying high in League Two this season. A major contributor has been Dubliner Graham Carey.


The midfielder has nine goals and eight assists in 24 league appearances this season.

Chelsea vs Peterborough - Sunday 3:00 Eir Sport

When Chris Forrester was given the chance to demonstrate his talents live on BBC last season, he took the opportunity with both hands. That was an FA Cup fourth round replay against West Brom. Forrester drew many plaudits, including Gary Lineker in the BBC studio.

On Sunday afternoon, the 24-year-old again has a chance to play on television - this time against Premier League leaders Chelsea.


Forrester has already been linked with a move away from Peterborough this season. Impressing against Chelsea could certainly aid in winning him a move away from London Road.

Cambridge United vs Leeds - Monday 7:45 BT Sport 1

Ireland international Eunan O'Kane is just back from injury and could feature for Leeds in the final game of the weekend.

O'Kane was a regular for Gary Monk's team until suffering an injury towards the end of November.

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