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PL AT HALF: Mata’s sweet assist put Man Utd up; Chelsea, Everton lead

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We’ve seen eight goals in five 10 a.m. ET kickoffs across the Premier League, refreshed players giving refreshed performances.

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Wolves 1-1 Newcastle United [STREAM]

Miguel Almiron gave the Magpies an early lead — WATCH HERE — but Leander Dendoncker answered quickly to put it level at the Molineux.

Chelsea 2-0 Burnley [STREAM]

Willian won a penalty that Jorginho converted, and Reece James set up Tammy Abraham for the Blues’ second goal at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United 1-0 Norwich City [STREAM]

A gorgeous, vintage Juan Mata pass found Marcus Rashford for the loan goal at Old Trafford.

Everton 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion [STREAM]

Richarlison is the man on the score sheet at Goodison Park, his eighth league goal of the season.

Leicester City 1-1 Southampton [STREAM]

Dennis Praet put the hosts ahead but it’s been all Saints since, with Stuart Armstrong leveling the score and Danny Ings twice hitting the frame of the goal.

WATCH: Jermaine Jones hammers indoor golazo

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Start your St. Patrick’s Day off with some bangers and mash — well at least a banger — courtesy of Jermaine Jones.

Jones recently decided to join indoor side Ontario Fury, who’s in the same Major Arena Soccer League as Landon Donovan’s San Diego Soccer, and scored his first goal late Friday.

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Jones, 37, last played MLS in 2017 for LA Galaxy, but he’s still got a cannon for a right foot.

And, yep, as the MASL points out in the below Tweet, Jones takes a touch right to get away from his defender before unleashing a wonder strike not unlike the one that froze Beto at the 2014 World Cup.

VIDEO: Northern Irish player scores just after opening kickoff

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Did it even take 10 seconds?

Crusaders midfielder Matthew Snoddy scored with the fourth touch of the game as the Northern Irish champions beat Glentoran on Sunday.

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Snoddy, 25, lets the ball settle down just a bit before rocketing his first touch of a headed pass off the goalkeepers’ hands and over the line.

Snoddy doesn’t score too often, with 13 goals in his previous 173 goals, making the feat even more notable.

WATCH: Kovacic cues up Hazard, Chelsea leads Liverpool at half

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Jurgen Klopp has probably seen enough of Mateo Kovacic and Eden Hazard this week.

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The Chelsea midfielders have entertained neutrals and bamboozled Liverpool twice in four days, this time connecting for the lone goal of Saturday’s Premier League duel at Stamford Bridge.

After Chelsea handed Liverpool a 2-1 loss and League Cup exit on Wednesday, both teams put their Best XIs forward at the Bridge.

Kovacic threaded a near-perfect pass into the path of Hazard, who curled a hard, low finish past the reach of Alisson Becker.

Chelsea will go atop the table with a win on Saturday.

WATCH: Aston Villa’s McGinn hits the volley of his dreams

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Witness one of the best reactions in all of sports: The “I’m not sure how I did that and I don’t have the ego to pretend I do” face.

Aston Villa’s Scottish midfielder lashed an absolutely splendid side volley home with his left foot on Saturday, giving the Midlands side an equalizer with a shot that spun like a Roberto Carlos throwback.

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The nine-times capped Scotland man, 23, arrived from Hibs this summer and this was quite a hello to the Championship’s score sheet (He does have a pair of assists).

As JPW points out below, the technique and patience used in waiting for the headed clearance to fall to him so far out from goal is wonderful stuff. Goal of the season stuff, though there’s still plenty of season to come.

In “Gangs of New York,” Walter McGinn had 40-some notches on his stick. Make it one for John McGinn at Villa.