Irish abroad: Lawal and Kilkenny star in Fleetwood win

Irish Abroad: Lawal And Kilkenny Star In Fleetwood Win
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Bosun Lawal of Fleetwood Town in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Fleetwood Town at Sixfields on December 09, 2023 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
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James Cox

Irish players in England's lower leagues caught the eye over the weekend, with Bosun Lawal and Gavin Kilkenny starring in Fleetwood Town's 4-2 victory over Wigan.

Lawal scored a brace and Kilkenny added another in the 4-2 League One victory.


Fleetwood are currently second-last in the table, so it was a huge victory for the club.

Lawal's goals gave him a rating of 8.7 in stats compiled by Sofascore. Meanwhile, Kilkenny's performance led to a rating of 8.4.

Lawal, 20, can play in defence and midfield and will undoubtedly be in contention for a senior Republic of Ireland call up soon. He has nine Under-21 caps.

Also in League One, Corey O'Keeffe scored for Barnsley in their 4-2 away victory over Wycombe.

His performance led to a rating of 8.1.

Shadrach Ogie scored Gillingham's first goal to set them on their way to a 2-0 away victory over Salford City in League Two.

Ogie, 22, has played for Ireland at Under-18 and Under-19 level, and his performance at the weekend saw him receive an 8.0 rating.

You have to look further down the top 10 for a top flight player, as Andrew Omobamidele had a rating of 7.6 for Nottingham Forest, as he nearly helped them to a clean sheet against Liverpool before a last-second Darwin Nunez winner.

Here are the top 10 Irish performers from the weekend:

  1. Bosun Lawal (Fleetwood Town): 8.7
  2. Gavin Kilkenny (Fleetwood Town): 8.4
  3. Corey O'Keeffe (Barnsley): 8.1
  4. Shadrach Ogie (Gillingham): 8.0
  5. Anthony O'Connor (Harrogate Town): 7.9
  6. Eoghan O'Connell (Wrexham): 7.8
  7. Conor McCarthy (Swindon Town): 7.8
  8. Joe Rafferty (Portsmouth) 7.7
  9. Andrew Omobamidele (Nottingham Forest): 7.6
  10. Will Smallbone (Southampton): 7.6

Stats: Sofascore

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