It has often been the case over recent times that the weekly watch of Irish internationals playing around the world was one where it was minutes from the bench that was the only cause for celebration.

It is worth savouring the weekend just past then when there were goals, trophies at Wembley and promotions thrown into the mix.

Matt Doherty’s goal and assist in Tottenham’s 5-1 win over Newcastle nudged his side into the places for Champions League Qualification.

Chiedozie Ogbene had the same haul, including another spectacular strike in Rotherham’s victory in the EFL Trophy Final at Wembley.

And to cap things off Niamh Fahey scored one of the goals in Liverpool’s securing the Women’s Championship title via a 4-1 win over Bristol City.

Megan Campbell and Leanne Kirwan also started for the Reds and will now look to bolster their careers with a season in the Women’s Super League to look forward to.

Their win is also a boost for the Republic of Ireland team preparing to play Sweden in a crucial World Cup qualifier next week.