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Given the number of Irishmen in our squad there was always a good chance that one of them might score in tonight’s friendly against Cork City at Turner’s Cross but I don’t think many would have thought the scorer in a 1-0 win would be Jimmy Dunne who was playing in our first team for the first time ever.

1819 burnley jimmy dunne 01 500x500Dunne (pictured), who is from Drogheda and has been with us for two years, had a very successful 2017/18 season out on loan. He impressed everyone at Barrow in the first half of the season before having a huge impact in Accrington’s promotion having moved there in January.

He’s one of four young players who have travelled to Ireland with the squad and in the 71st minute tonight he found the ball at his feet after James Tarkowski’s header from a corner was deflected into his path. The young central defender made no mistake from close range.

The game was, however, all about getting the players minutes on the pitch and of the outfield players who made the trip only Matt Lowton, Steven Defour and Robbie Brady sat it out. We knew about Defour and Brady beforehand and can assume that Lowton will have been left out as a precaution.

That left Aiden O’Neill as the only player to start in both halves of the game, moving to right-back for the second half, although Dwight McNeil, who played the first half, was used as a substitute eight minutes from time.

The Burnley team was:

First Half: Tom Heaton, Phil Bardsley, Kevin Long, Ben Mee, Stephen Ward, Dwight McNeil, Jack Cork, Aiden O’Neill, Aaron Lennon, Nahki Wells, Chris Wood.

Second Half: Anders Lindegaard, Aiden O’Neill, James Tarkowski, Jimmy Dunne, Charlie Taylor, Jonathan Walters, Ashley Westwood, Jeff Hendrick, Dan Agyei, Ashley Barnes (Dwight McNeil 82), Sam Vokes.

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