Here's the incredibly high-quality top-five goals scored by Irish players this weekend

It was an incredible weekend for Irish players in front of goal, writes Stephen Barry.

From netting first goals for their clubs to ending scoring droughts in style, we saw Irish players producing some career-best highlight-reel goals.

With apologies to Shane Long, here’s our top-five.

5. Daryl Horgan

The first of the Lilywhites’ Boys in Green to make the list, Daryl Horgan scored a landmark first goal for Preston North End on Saturday.

The former Dundalk player scorched past the tormented Brentford defenders for the game-clinching fourth goal and his first in English football.

Ever modest, however, Horgan passed off the praise to his teammate: “It was nice to score but I think the main headline is Aiden and his two goals this afternoon.”

3 and 4. Aiden McGeady

PNE manager Simon Grayson told the media after Aiden McGeady’s magical brace: “We joked earlier this week about his end product, wanting a couple of better deliveries or shots on target and he has certainly responded to those cries today.”

You certainly wouldn’t think he hasn’t scored since his first game of the season.

Watch from 15 seconds on to see two goals and an assist in 30 seconds of McGeady magic.

He certainly deserved his perfect 10 rating on the WhoScored team of the week.

2. Robbie Brady

“A sublime free-kick against a top-class goalkeeper, who is a giant of a man” was how Sean Dyche described Robbie Brady’s leveller against the league leaders on his home debut at Turf Moor.

A beautiful, but also crucial goal.

1. Wes Hoolahan

Wessi’s lob was so devastating it not only ended the game at 3-0 after 18 minutes, it also caused Nottingham Forest ‘keeper Stephen Henderson a serious Achilles injury.

However, it may not even be Norwich’s best goal of the game, as Canaries’ vice-captain Jonny Howson smashed home a brilliant volley to open the scoring.

Either way, with Martin O'Neill's men hitting form, bring on Wales in March!

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