Blackrock man Jimmy Dunne had a Premier League debut to remember for Burnley FC with the 22-year old scoring in their 4-2 defeat to Leicester City on Sunday evening. Despite the loss Jimmy received great praise from his manager Sean Dyche who praised the former Rock Celtic player after the game. “He did well, he stuck to the task and he nicked himself a really good goal,” stated the Clarets boss.
The centre half joined Manchester Academy in Belfast at aged ten and played with Rock Celtic and St Kevin’s Boys up to the age of sixteen when he moved to Manchester Utd in 2013. Three years later he joined Burnley FC but was sent out on numerous loan spells including stints at Barrow, Accrington Stanley, Hearts, Sunderland and Fleetwood Town.
He was recalled to Burnley at the start of this season and started last weeks Carabao Cup game against Sheffield Utd which the Clarets won on penalties. Dunne enjoyed an impressive game for the Clarets and with Burnley boss Sean Dyche struggling in defence with injuries to Ben Mee and James Tarkowski the Blackrock man was thrust into the centre of defence to partner fellow Irishman Kevin Long.
Jimmy’s former club Rock Celtic were understandably proud of their former player when it was announced on Sunday afternoon that he would be making his Premier League debut that evening.
“It is a very proud day for Jimmy Dunne, the Dunne family, Rock Celtic and indeed our club coaches involved with his development in his younger years.
Jimmy is named in the starting lineup for Burnley v Leicester with a 7pm kickoff. The match is live on BBC1 tonight.
“We are very proud and excited for Jimmy, his achievements thus far and progress in the most popular & toughest league in the world. He is the first Rock Celtic player to play in the Premier League. He is also one of a growing list of Rock Celtic players to have experienced the professional life of a soccer player abroad. He joins David McGeough (Stoke City), Gerry Breen (Leeds Utd), Derek Delany (Ipswich Town) and Jason Mok (Sheffield Wed), all of whom took the opportunity and challenge.
Congratulations Jimmy, to you and your family on a very proud day for you all.
From your Rock Celtic Family,” read the statement.
Jimmy is the first local to score in the Premier League since Steve Staunton found the back of the net for Aston Villa in 1997. The Blackrock man will be hoping Burnley manager Sean Dyche keeps faith in him when Burnley face Millwall in the league cup this evening.