Alan Browne scored a stunning volley in Preston North End's 2-2 draw at home to Bolton Wanderers in Deepdale this afternoon. 

The Cork-born midfielder has shown excellent form for his club in the last year, winning the club's player of the season award for 2017-18 and he's started the new season strongly, heading home the winner against QPR on the opening day. 

Today, he put Preston 2-0 up against their Lancashire rivals, hitting a superb volley on the swivel from the edge of the box which flew into the top corner. 

His team were however pegged back before the break with Bolton grabbing two goals in three minutes shortly before half-time. Neither team could add to the scoresheet in the second half. 

Graham Burke was the other Irish starter in the Preston line-up but he was substituted at half-time, being replaced by Daniel Johnson. 

John Egan and David McGoldrick both played the full ninety minutes in Sheffield United's impressive 4-1 demolition of Aston Villa at Bramall Lane. Conor Hourihane was only introduced late in the game but the damage was already done with Villa 4-0 down by the 49th minute. Glenn Whelan featured for Steve Bruce's team throughout. 

Turning north to the Scottish Premiership, Daryl Horgan got on the scoresheet for Hibernian but couldn't prevent Neil Lennon's side slumping to their first defeat of the season away to Livingston. 

Horgan was the away side's most creative player and stabbed home the game's opening goal after a bout of pinball in the box. 

A contrasting afternoon for Jimmy Dunne who scored an own goal for Hearts but saw his side hammer St. Mirren 4-1 all the same. 

There were a total of four goals scored by Irish players in League One with Ronan Curtis responsible for two of them. 

Curtis has now scored five goals from six games since joining Portsmouth from Derry City in the summer. The Donegal striker netted the first and third goals in Portsmouth's 3-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in Fratton Park. 

Elsewhere, Stephen Quinn scored the opener for Burton Albion in their 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon, Eoin Doyle converted a penalty to score his first goal for Bradford City in their 2-1 loss away to Fleetwood Town, and former Galway United defender Seamus Conneely drove home a late equaliser for Accrington Stanley in their 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe.