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Mother's Pride!

Jimmy Dunne pays back mum with first Burnley goal

13 July 2018

Match-winner Jimmy Dunne made his mum happy by scoring his first senior goal for Burnley to get their pre-season programme up-and-running.

Dunne was watched at Turner’s Cross by mum Sharon and sister Aisling as he made his first-team bow.

The Dundalk-boy delivered after coming off the bench to volley in following a 71st-minute corner.

And while the central defender, 20, was given some good-natured ribbing by his team-mates and under-23s boss Michael Duff for his first-pumping celebration, he had no qualms about paying back his family.

“I tried not to celebrate,” Dunne told Clarets Player.

“But my mum and my sister were in the stands and I couldn’t help it. I was contemplating a knee-slide at one stage!

“I tried my best to keep it in, but you get excited and you don’t even know where you are.

“You’re just happy to be involved with something like that, so that’s just a little icing on the cake.

“Dundalk is three-and-half hours away, so they’ve been staying up and I’ve had unbelievable support from my family that way.

“In my mum’s eyes that the biggest moment of her life probably, so that’s brilliant.

“It’s really nice. I said before I want to prioritise my defending and it’s only been a first week for me, but it’s always nice to get a goal and get into a habit of getting into good positions on the pitch and getting myself into that situation, so I’m really happy.”

League of Ireland champions Cork City gave Burnley a decent test, despite holding back most of their first-team starters for the second leg of their Champions League qualifier in Poland against Legia Warsaw last week.

But after a tough few days on the training ground at their nearby pre-season camp, Sean Dyche’s side still had enough in the legs to share the workload around the squad and ease to a 1-0 win over a side 26 games into their league campaign.

It was the ideal end to a productive week and one in which Dunne has taken the opportunity to add to his experience after last season’s success on loan at League Two winners Accrington Stanley.

“I’ve had a whole week of education with Tarky, who’s an England international, Ben, who was the captain for most of last season, and Longy who’s an Irish international. How lucky am I to have that education off them?” he added.

“And then to top it all by playing alongside Tarky and seeing how he performs and what he does is just an incredible education for me.”

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