Sunday was a good afternoon for Irish strikers in the A-League with Roy O’Donovan netting the opener in Newcastle’s win over Brisbane, then Andy Keogh headed Perth Glory’s equaliser in their victory over Central Coast. In the past few seasons those two players have been flying the flag for Irish players in the A-League but which other Republic of Ireland-born players have scored the most goals in the A-League.
The definition of divine is “very pleasing and pleasant,” but Sean Devine was anything but. Plying his trade for the defunct New Zealand Knights in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, the former Milwall striker scored three goals in 24 matches, netting his first in a 2-0 win over Central Coast, then goals in a loss to Melbourne Victory and a draw with Sydney FC.
Liam Miller reached the Grand Final with Perth in 2012 and won it with Brisbane in 2014. He also only scored in those two seasons. For Perth he scored in a 3-0 win over Adelaide and a 4-0 win over Gold Coast. For Brisbane he scored in wins over Melbourne Victory and the Glory before scoring his last of his five A-League goals in a 1-1 draw against Western Sydney.
Billy Mehmet was a Perth forward from Ireland, just like Keogh, and he played in their 2012 Grand Final, just like Miller. Scoring 10 goals in 42 matches across two seasons in the West. Most of goals came against Central Coast, similarly to Keogh, he scored four in six matches against the club.
Roy O’Donovan is one of the most underrated forwards in the A-League. He has scored 24 goals in 48 A-League matches which is a pretty solid record. Six of his goals have come against Keogh’s Glory, he also has four goals in four games against Adelaide United. But he is not the top Irish scorer in the A-League.
That honour goes to Andy Keogh. Arguably the best Irish player to feature in the league. His 35 goals have come in 73 matches and he has hit double digits in all of his three seasons at the club. Keogh has a bit of a lead on O’Donovan but based on how the two have started the season, Keogh might not be the highest scoring Irishman come the end of the season.