Maguire double and McEleney's first on great day for ex-LOI men.

Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS.

It's been a good day for former League of Ireland men now plying their trade in the UK as Irish international, Sean Maguire returned from a nightmare five-month's sideline spell to bag a brace for Preston North End in a 3-1 away triumph against Bolton Wanderers in the Championship. Meanwhile, in League One, former Dundalk star, Patrick McEleney opened his Oldham Athletic account with a 78th minute strike from the bench as Athletic also won away against Scunthorpe United, where last seasons Limerick boss, Neil McDonald is of course assistant manager at present. 

Former Sligo Rovers striker, Eoin Doyle also bagged one off the bench as Oldham Athletic moved two points clear of the relegation zone in English footballs third tier.

In other notable ex-LOI player news today, Irish international, Stephen Ward played the full ninety minutes as Burnley came from behind for the first time ever under Sean Dyche in the Premier League to claim three points at home to Sam Allerdyce's Everton. Given "Big Sam's" poor form in recent weeks, the former Limerick manager may soon be looking for new employment as the Merseyside club are now just seven points clear of the drop zone. Jeff Hendrick also played the entirety of proceedings for Burnley with Ireland captain, Seamus Coleman making a welcome return from injury despite defeat for Everton. 

In a poor day for Irish defenders, Declan Rice played a full role in West Ham's humiliating 4-1 defeat away to relegation rivals, Swansea. 

More positively, followers of former St.Pat's star, Chris Forrester will be delighted to learn Peterborough United are now just three points outside the League One play-off places as Forrester played the full game in a 2-1 win at home to Walsall. 

Finally for now, combative former Longford Town midfielder, Gary Deegan picked up a yellow card as Cambridge Town claimed a share of the spoils at home to League Two champions elect, Luton.