Match Series Twelve in the Airtricity League Premier Division kicked off at 5.45pm on Friday afternoon when Derry City played out a dull scoreless draw with visitors St Patrick’s Athletic in the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium. Later this evening, Sligo Rovers played host to Bohemian who deservedly won with the only goal on 80 minutes in the Showgrounds.
Shelbourne and Finn Harps played out a one all draw in Tolka Park on Saturday evening while Shamrock Rovers crushed Waterford by six goals to one in Tallaght Stadium on Monday evening to extend their lead at the summit.
P W D L F A G/D Pts
Shamrock Rovers 12 10 2 0 30 7 23 32
Bohemian 12 8 0 4 13 7 6 24
Dundalk 10 5 2 3 20 14 6 17
Waterford 12 5 2 5 15 18 -3 17
Sligo Rovers 12 5 1 6 14 16 -2 16
Derry City 11 3 4 4 11 10 1 13
Shelbourne 12 3 4 5 10 13 -3 13
St Patrick’s Athletic 12 3 4 5 6 10 -4 13
Finn Harps 12 2 3 7 8 19 -11 9
Cork City 11 2 2 7 6 19 -13 8
There were four Airtricity League First Division fixtures played on Monday evening with leaders Bray Wanderers maintaining their lead at the summit with a two one victory at Cobh Ramblers. Longford Town moved up to third place with a three one victory over UCD while Cabinteely went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Galway United. Athlone Town continued their recent form upsurge with a one nil victory at Wexford.
Second place Drogheda United were in action on Tuesday evening when they defeated visitors Shamrock Rovers II by three goals to two in United Park.
P W D L F A G/D Pts
Bray Wanderers 13 9 2 2 24 10 14 29
Drogheda United 13 8 3 2 31 14 17 27
Longford Town 13 7 2 4 16 14 2 23
Cabinteely 13 7 2 4 18 17 1 23
UCD 13 6 2 5 27 19 8 20
Galway United 13 5 5 3 16 11 5 20
Cobh Ramblers 13 5 2 6 15 18 -3 17
Athlone Town 13 2 3 8 16 31 -15 9
Shamrock Rovers II 13 2 2 9 14 20 -6 8
Wexford 13 1 3 9 6 29 -23 6
All five Airtricity League First Division fixtures took place last Friday evening at 7.45pm with the Carlisle Grounds meeting of Bray Wanderers and Longford Town topping the bill. The hosts maintained their top spot with a comprehensive three nil victory. The Bowl was the venue for the clash of UCD and Drogheda United which saw the visitors emerge successful with a three one scoreline. Galway United scored the only goal to defeat visitors Wexford in Eamonn Deacy Park. The remaining contests saw Athlone Town defeat visitors Cobh Ramblers by two goals to one while Shamrock Rovers II suffered a two nil defeat by Cabinteely in Tallaght Stadium.
P W D L F A G/D Pts
Bray Wanderers 12 8 2 2 22 9 13 26
Drogheda United 12 7 3 2 28 12 16 24
Cabinteely 12 7 2 3 18 16 2 23
UCD 12 6 2 4 26 16 10 20
Longford Town 12 6 2 4 13 13 – 20
Galway United 12 4 5 3 15 11 4 17
Cobh Ramblers 12 5 2 5 14 16 -2 17
Shamrock Rovers II 12 2 2 8 12 17 -5 8
Athlone Town 12 1 3 8 15 31 -16 6
Wexford 12 1 3 8 6 28 -22 6
The second qualifying round in the Europa League commenced on Wednesday evening and saw Welsh side The New Saints (TNS) exit the competition in the Faroe Islands following a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat by B36 Torshavn after the sides shared four goals in normal time.
On Thursday evening Shamrock Rovers welcomed Italian giants AC Milan to Tallaght Stadium where they went down to a two nil defeat. The visitors were always in control and emerged as comfortable winners. Dundalk travelled to face Inter Escaldes in Andorra and progressed to the next stage with a one nil victory courtesy of a David McMillan goal after 14 minutes. The ‘Lilywhites’ will be on the road again next Thursday when they travel to face Sheriff of Moldova. Northern Irish club Coleraine exited the competition following a three nil penalty shoot-out defeat after they had earned a two all extra-time draw with Scottish club Motherwell. The ‘Steelmen’ will travel to Israel to face Hapoel Beer-Sheva in the third round next week. Down the road in Windsor Park, Linfield suffered an unexpected one nil defeat by Floriana of Malta. Aberdeen and Jonny Hayes travelled to Norway where they secured a two nil success over Viking FK and they will be on the road again next week when they travel to face Sporting CP in Portugal. Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar were no match for visitors Glasgow Rangers who progressed with a five nil victory which earned them a third round tie against Willem II in Holland next week. Two further Welsh clubs, Bala Town and Connah’s Quay Nomads exited the competition following defeats by Standard Liege (2-0)in Belgium and Dinamo Tbilisi (0-1)in Wales. Matt Doherty and his Tottenham Hotspur colleagues are through to the next stage following a two one victory over PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria but not before they suffered a huge scare as they trailed with just fifteen minutes remaining but a penalty kick and two home club dismissals provided them with the opportunity to progress. The London club will travel to face Shkendija of North Macedonia in the third round next week. Glasgow Celtic are also set to be in third round action next week when they will travel to face Riga(Latvia).
Burnley included Robbie Brady, Kevin Long and Jimmy Dunne in their side for the visit of Sheffield United for whom David McGoldrick started and scored after 4 minutes at Turf Moor on Thursday evening. However, it was not enough as the ‘Clarets’ equalised and took the contest to a penalty shoot-out where they prevailed on a 5-4 scoreline with Brady converting the winning kick.
Wolverhampton Wanderers hosted Championship side Stoke City and suffered a shock one nil defeat to exit the competition. Nathan Collins and James McClean both started for the successful visitors.
Brighton & Hove Albion included Jayson Molumby in an unfamiliar right wing back role as they secured a comfortable four nil victory over League One Portsmouth at the Amex Stadium. Ronan Curtis, Marcus Harness and Sean Raggett all started for the visitors.
The second round of the 2020/21 EFL(Carabao)Cup continued on Wednesday evening with West Bromwich Albion defeating newly promoted League Two side Harrowgate Town by three goals to nil at the Hawthorns. Dara O’Shea started in central defence for the ‘Baggies’ while Calum Robinson was a 73rd minute substitute and scored four minutes later. Alan Judge was a 69th minute substitute for Ipswich Town who lost to the only goal from visitors Fulham at Portman Road. Seamus Coleman was an unused substitute for Everton who overcame League Two Salford City by three goals to nil in Goodison Park. Ireland eligible goalkeeper Max O’Leary started for Bristol City who defeated Northampton Town by four goals to nil at Ashton Gate. Southampton suffered a two nil home defeat by Brentford with Shane Long and Michael Obafemi only introduced from the substitute bench on 84 minutes while Will Smallbone remained unused.
Scottish Premier League
Shane Duffy both started and scored his second goal for Glasgow Celtic who defeated St Mirren by two goals to one at Love Street in the Scottish Premier League on Wednesday evening. The hosts, who are managed by Jim Goodwin, included five Irish men in their starting eleven – Conor McCarthy, Joe Shaughnessy, Sam Foley, Jamie McGrath and Dylan Connolly.
The second round of the 2020/21 EFL(Carabao)Cup commenced on Tuesday evening with James Collins an unused substitute for Luton Town who scored the only goal to defeat their hosts Reading. Jason Knight started and scored for Derby County but his effort was in vain as visitors Preston North End, who included Alan Browne and Sean Maguire in their starting eleven, scored twice in the latter stages at Pride Park. Lincoln City included Anthony Scully in their starting eleven and he scored after six minutes of their crushing five nil victory at Bradford City where Zak Elbouzedi and Sean Roughan were unused substitutes. Oxford United included Anthony Forde in their starting eleven with Liam Kelly a 66th minute substitute as they exited the competition in a three nil penalty shoot-out following a one all draw with visitors Watford. The contest between Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers saw Ciaran Clark return to the ‘Magpies’ starting eleven with Jeff Hendrick an unused substitute in their one nil victory over their visitors who included Daragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams in their starting eleven. Rochdale included Gavin Bazunu in their starting eleven for the two nil defeat by visitors Sheffield Wednesday while West Ham United included Darren Randolph and Josh Cullen in their starting eleven with Conor Coventry an 84th minute substitute in their three nil victory over visitors Charlton Athletic. James McCarthy was an unused substitute for Crystal Palace who exited the competition in an 11-10 penalty shoot-out following a scoreless draw at AFC Bournemouth for whom Mark Travers and Gavin Kilkenny were unused substitutes. Glenn Whelan and Paddy Madden started for Fleetwood Town and Madden opened the scoring in their two one home victory over Port Vale.
The Funeral of Tommy Feely will take place at:-
Sacred Heart Church, Quex Road, Kilburn NW6 4PS
on Tuesday the 15th September 2020 at 12 noon
followed by burial at:-
St Mary’s Cemetery, Harrow Road, London NW10 5NU
There will be a live broadcast of the funeral service from 11.45am
There was a 6pm kick-off time for Sheffield United who included John Egan and Enda Stevens in their starting eleven for the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers to Bramall Lane on Monday evening. The visitors scored twice in the opening six minutes to secure deserved victory. David McGoldrick was a 71st minute substitute for the ‘Blades’. Later at 8.15pm, Brighton & Hove Albion played host to Chelsea in the Amex Stadium where despite playing quite impressively they went down to a three one defeat. Aaron Connolly was a 44th minute substitute for the ‘Seagulls’ and worked tirelessly in a central striking role but without reward.
New permanent signing Callum Robinson and Dara O’Shea were both in the West Bromwich Albion starting eleven for the Sunday afternoon visit of Leicester City to the Hawthorns which ended in a comprehensive three nil defeat for the ‘Baggies’. Another new signing, Matt Doherty made his competitive Tottenham Hotspur debut later in the afternoon when Everton and Seamus Coleman were the visitors to the New Stadium. The ‘Toffees’ emerged as deserved one nil victors with Coleman in excellent form.
First into new season Premier League action at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon were newly promoted Fulham who went down to a three nil defeat by visitors Arsenal at Craven Cottage where Cyrus Christie was an unused substitute. Crystal Palace included James McCarthy in their starting eleven for their one nil victory over Southampton in Selhurst Park. Young midfielder Will Smallbone started for the visitors while Shane Long was an 85th minute substitute with Michael Obafemi an unused substitute. Darren Randolph was an unused substitute for West Ham United who went down to a two nil home defeat by visitors Newcastle United for whom summer signing Jeff Hendrick started and scored the second goal in the London Stadium.
Two of the promoted League One sides, Wycombe Wanderers and Rotherham United met in their opening Championship contest at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon in Adams Park where the visitors emerged as two one victors. The hosts included new signing Daryl Horgan in their starting eleven while fellow summer signing Kieran Sadlier started for the victors alongside Chiedozie Ogbene. Striker James Collins and Luton Town made the journey to Barnsley where Collins scored the only goal for victory. Relegated AFC Bournemouth included goalkeeper Mark Travers in their side for their three two victory over visitors Blackburn Rovers for whom Daragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams both started. Jason Knight was in the Derby County side which went down to a two nil home defeat by visitors Reading. Senior international debutant Adam Idah was a 75th minute substitute for Norwich City and five minutes later scored the only goal for victory at Huddersfield Town. Alan Browne started and Sean Maguire was a 57th minute substitute for Preston North End who lost to the only goal from visitors Swansea City. Conor Masterson was an unused substitute for QPR who defeated visitors Nottingham Forest by two goals to nil at Loftus Road..
Ireland U21 striker Ryan Cassidy, on loan from Watford, started for Accrington Stanley alongside Seamus Conneely in their two nil victory over visitors Peterborough United who included U21 midfielder Jack Taylor in their starting eleven. Anthony Scully started and scored after 7 minutes for Lincoln City who defeated visitors Oxford United by two goals to nil. Defender Sean Roughan also started for the ‘Imps’ but Zak Elbouzedi remained unused on the substitute bench. Oxford United included recent declaree Mark Sykes, and loanee Liam Kelly in their starting eleven. The Portsmouth trio of Ronan Curtis, Marcus Harness and Sean Raggett were in the home side for the scoreless draw with visitors Shrewsbury Town. Defender Warren O’Hora, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion, was in the MK Dons side who played out a one all draw at Doncaster Rovers. The seemingly evergreen Glenn Whelan was in the Fleetwood Town side for the two one victory over visitors Burton Albion with Paddy Madden scoring the winning goal. Aiden O’Brien started for Sunderland who were held to a one all draw by visitors Bristol Rovers. U21 goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, on loan from Manchester City, was in the Rochdale side which went down to a three one defeat at Swindon Town.
Glasgow Celtic loanee Lee O’Connor was in the Tranmere Rovers side which played out a scoreless draw at Mansfield Town in their League Two opener.
Irish interest in the Scottish Premiership was principally focused on Victoria Park, Dingwall this Saturday afternoon where Shane Duffy made his Glasgow Celtic debut against Ross County. The Derry man marked his debut with a trademark headed goal in their five nil victory. Winger and occasional full back Jonny Hayes was in action with Aberdeen who defeated visitors Kilmarnock by none goal to nil. Goalkeeper Danny Rogers started with Colin Doyle on the substitute bench for the visitors. St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has accrued quite an Irish collection at St Mirren Park and Conor McCarthy, Jamie McGrath and Sam Foley started with Dylan Connolly a 59th minute substitute as they went down to a three nil defeat by visitors Hibernian. Ireland U21 defender Danny McNamara, on loan at St Johnstone from Millwall, was in action as his club went down to a one nil defeat at Motherwell.
Match series eleven of the shortened eighteen match Airtricity League Premier Division kicked off at 5.45pm on Friday afternoon with Bohemian suffering a two nil defeat by visitors Waterford in Dalymount Park while later at 8pm, Dundalk defeated Shelbourne by three goals to two in Oriel Park.
Struggling Cork City played host to current leaders Shamrock Rovers at 2pm on Saturday afternoon in Turners Cross where the ‘Hoops’ scored a comfortable three nil success to increase their lead at the summit of the league table to eight points. Later in the day, Richmond Park hosted the meeting of St Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo Rovers which ended in a poor quality tepid scoreless draw.
The North West Derby meeting of Finn Harps and Derry City ended in a scoreless draw at Finn Park on Sunday afternoon.
P W D L F A G/D Pts
Shamrock Rovers 11 9 2 0 24 6 18 29
Bohemian 11 7 0 4 12 7 5 21
Dundalk 10 5 2 3 20 14 6 17
Waterford 11 5 2 4 14 12 2 17
Sligo Rovers 11 5 1 5 14 15 -1 16
Derry City 10 3 3 4 11 10 1 12
Shelbourne 11 3 3 5 9 12 -3 12
St Patrick’s Athletic 11 3 3 5 6 10 -4 12
Finn Harps 11 2 2 7 7 18 -11 8
Cork City 11 2 2 7 6 19 -13 8
In the Airtricity League First Division, Bray Wanderers climbed to the top of the table with a three one victory over hosts Wexford in Ferrycarrig Park while Cabinteely were again found wanting when held to a one all draw by bottom side Athlone Town at Stradbrook this Friday evening. A resurgent Galway United maintained their uplift in form with a two one defeat of visitors Shamrock Rovers II in Eamonn Deacy Park.
Promotion chasers Longford Town and Drogheda United played out a one all draw in Bishopgate on Saturday evening while visitors UCD crushed their hosts Cobh Ramblers by six goals to nil in St Colman’s Park to climb up to third place.
P W D L F A G/D Pts
Bray Wanderers 11 7 2 2 19 9 10 23
Drogheda United 11 6 3 2 25 11 14 21
UCD 11 6 2 3 25 13 12 20
Longford Town 11 6 2 3 13 10 3 20
Cabinteely 11 6 2 3 16 16 – 20
Cobh Ramblers 11 5 2 4 13 14 -1 17
Galway United 11 3 5 3 14 11 3 14
Shamrock Rovers II 11 2 2 7 12 15 -3 8
Wexford 11 1 3 7 6 27 -21 6
Athlone Town 11 0 3 8 13 30 -17 3
Our hopes of qualifying for a first ever European Championship Finals at U21 level received an unexpected boost in Kalmar this Tuesday evening when Sweden, who went down to a one nil defeat in Iceland on Friday last, defeated previously unbeaten top seeds Italy by three goals to nil. There was also something of a surprise result in the meeting of the bottom sides, with Luxembourg scoring their first goals and collecting their first points after six matches, following a two one victory over visitors Armenia.
P W D L F A G/D Pts
Republic of Ireland 7 5 1 1 12 3 9 16
Italy 6 4 1 1 15 3 12 13
Iceland 6 4 0 2 11 9 2 12
Sweden 6 3 0 3 13 8 5 9
Armenia 7 1 0 6 4 17 -13 3
Luxembourg 6 1 0 5 2 17 -15 3
13/10/2020 Italy v Republic of Ireland 16.30 Benevento
12/11/2020 Republic of Ireland v Iceland 19.00 Tallaght Stadium
17/11/2020 Luxembourg v Republic of Ireland 16.00 Differdange