Another weekend of Irish action…12/12/2021


Battling Burnley played out a scoreless draw with high flying West Ham United at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Nathan Collins and Kevin Long were unused substitutes for the host’s. Jeff Hendrick was again an unused substitute for Newcastle United who crashed to a four nil defeat at Leicester City. In the late kick-off, Seamus Coleman and Everton went down to a three one defeat by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

James McCarthy was an unused substitute for Glasgow Celtic who defeated visitors Motherwell by one goal to nil in the Scottish Premiership while  Liam Scales was  not included in the matchday squad.  

Southampton duo Shane Long and Will Smallbone were unused on the substitute bench for their three nil Premier League defeat at Arsenal. Adam Idah was an unused substitute for Norwich City who went down to a one nil defeat by Manchester United in the late kick-off at Carrow Road.

St Mirren included Jamie McGrath in their starting eleven with Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Connor Ronan a 60th minute substitute as a vey late goal from Joe Shaughnessy earned  them a one all Scottish Premiership draw with visitors Hibernian. 

Birmingham City included Scott Hogan in their starting eleven for their two all Championship draw with visitors Cardiff City for whom Mark McGuinness scored an added time equaliser. James Collins also started  for the ‘Bluebirds’ but was withdrawn on 60 minutes. Second place AFC Bournemouth included Mark Travers and Robbie Brady in their starting eleven with Gavin Kilkenny on the bench for the two nil defeat by visitors Blackburn Rovers and Darragh Lenihan. Derby County included Jason Knight in their starting eleven for their one nil victory over visitors Blackpool while Callum O’Dowda started for Bristol City who played out a two all draw at Hull City for whom Sean McLoughlin was in central defence. Peterborough United included Jack Taylor and Sam Szmodics in their starting eleven with West Ham United loanee Conor Coventry on their bench for their two one victory over  visitors Millwall. Both Alan Browne and Sean Maguire started for Preston North End with Browne scoring in their two one success over visitors Barnsley. Ryan Manning started and Michael Obafemi was a 56th minute substitute for Swansea City who went down to a four one defeat by visitors Nottingham Forest. Callum Robinson and Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby started for West Bromwich Albion with Robinson scoring the only goal to defeat visitors Reading at the Hawthorns.

Tottenham Hotspur loanee Troy Parrott, who saw 25 minutes of action in midweek, started for MK Dons together with Warren O’Hora as they went down to a two one League One defeat by visitors Oxford United for whom Mark Sykes started and scored. Goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu was in action for Portsmouth as were Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness as they secured  a two nil victory over visitors  Morecambe with Harness scoring the opening goal. Chiedoze Ogbene was an 80th minute substitute for Rotherham United while Joshua Kayode was an unused substitute as they overcame visitors Burton Albion by three goals to one. Wigan Athletic duo Will Keane and James McClean were in action against visitors Ipswich Town as the sides played out a one all draw.. Daryl Horgan has been struggling for game time and was a 65th minute substitute for  Wycombe Wanderers who were held to a two all draw by visitors AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon.

There is a 7.45pm kick-off time set for the Belgian First Division contest between RFC Seraing and RSC Anderlecht who include Josh Cullen in their ranks.