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Alan Browne ends Ireland's lengthy goal drought - with help from an old PNE friend

Preston’s Alan Browne has hit the headlines tonight having broken Ireland’s lengthy goal drought.

The North End skipper headed home a cross from an old friend in former Preston teammate Callum Robinson, getting up highest to put Ireland in front against Serbia in tonight’s World Cup qualifier.

Ireland hadn’t scored for a staggering 678 minutes before Browne popped up with his goal, just his second for his country.

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It didn’t end well for Browne though, as Dusan Vlahovic equalised before a brace from Aleksandar Mitrovic ultimately handed Serbia the win.

James Collins did pull one back for Ireland, but it wasn’t to be as Stephen Kenny’s men fell to defeat once again.

Browne will be delighted with his goal, having endured a rather frustrating campaign in which he hasn’t really hit his usual high standards.

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Stuck at right back or in a deeper midfield role, Browne reminded Preston that he does his best work when he’s able to break forward and arrive late in to the box – as he showed with his goal.

That’s something for interim head coach Frankie McAvoy to consider as he prepares his first Preston side for after the international break, with Browne surely in contention for a start as a number 10.

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