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Hunt snares Royals draw at Palace

NOEL Hunt was celebrating on the double last weekend as he kept up his superb scoring record.

The Ireland international was on the scoresheet for Reading in their 3-3 draw away to Palace, Hunt scoring for the third successive game, and his goal was vital as it allowed the Royals to come back from 3-2 down.

"I was buzzing going into the game as the dog I own with my brother, Stephen, Shane Long and a few others -- Busy Paddy -- won at 14/1 at Crayford. I had a few quid on it so happy days," said Hunt.

The Waterford man has now scored seven goals for Reading this season.


His next target is winning back his place in the Ireland squad -- Hunt has not played for his country since he started up front alongside Robbie Keane 18 months ago.

Meanwhile, former Sligo Rovers man Padraig Amond has helped push his Portuguese club Pacos de Ferreira into contention for European qualification.

Carlow native Amond joined the Porto-based club from Sligo last summer and he came off the bench yet again on Saturday night to help Pacos to a 2-0 victory at home to Vitoria Setubal.

That triumph moved them up to fourth place in the table, just a point behind Sporting Lisbon.

Amond has struggled to get a start in the Pacos side but he is being used regularly as a substitute.