Mother’s pride as Jimmy Dunne marks Burnley debut with a goal
Blackrock man Jimmy Dunne revealed his mother’s pride after he marked his first team debut with Burnley with a 71st minute winner against Cork City in Turner’s Cross yesterday.
The 20-year-old was watched by his mum Sharon Treacy-Dunne and sister Aisling as he featured for Burnley’s first team for the first time since joining from Manchester Utd.
Dunne made it a debut to remember as he came off the bench to volley home from a 71st minute corner.
Speaking to the Burnley website afterwards, Dunne admitted he couldn’t help but celebrate despite the game being just a pre-season friendly.
“I tried not to celebrate 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,” he laughed.
“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’s 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.”
Dunne will be hoping to impress Sean Dyche after helping Accrington Stanley to the League Two title last season during a loan spell.