Easter weekend action overseas…17/04/2022

There was a full Championship schedule on Good Friday with Birmingham City and Scott Hogan going down to a four two defeat by visitors Coventry City. Mark Travers started for second place AFC Bournemouth with Robbie Brady on the bench while visitors Middlesbrough included loanee Aaron Connolly in their starting eleven as the sides played out a scoreless draw. Sean McLoughlin started for Hull City who defeated visitors Cardiff City, who included Mark McGuinness and Joel Bagan in their starting eleven, by two goals to one with McGuinness withdrawn at half-time. Peterborough United named Jack Taylor and Sam Szmodics in their side for their two one victory over visitors Blackburn Rovers and Darragh Lenihan with Szmodics scoring the winning goal. Preston North End included Alan Browne, Greg Cunningham and Sean Maguire in their starting eleven for the one all draw with visitors Millwall and Danny McNamara while Browne was forced off through injury after 29 minutes.  Sheffield United named John Egan, Enda Stevens and loanee Conor Hourihane in their side for their shock two one defeat by visitors Reading. Goalkeeper Jack Bonham started for Stoke City who went down to the only goal from visitors Bristol City for whom fellow netminder Max O’Leary was on the bench. Loanee Cyrus Christie and Michael Obafemi started for Swansea City while Ryan Manning was a 65th minute substitute for their disappointing one all draw with visitors Barnsley. Dara O’Shea, Callum Robinson and loanee Jayson Molumby all started for West Bromwich Albion who defeated visitors Blackpool by two goals to one. There was a 5.30pm kick-off  for the two all draw between Huddersfield Town and QPR who included Keiren Westwood and Jimmy Dunne in their side. Derby County included Jason Knight and Eiran Cashin in their starting eleven with Festy Ebosele a 57th minute substitute as they defeated  runaway leaders Fulham by two goals to one in the late kick-off.

There was League One action for loanee Ademipo Odubeko who was a 74th minute substitute for Doncaster Rovers and scored  three minutes later but his side went down to a two on e defeat by visitors Bolton Wanderers for whom Kieran Sadlier scored  the winning goal. Luke McNally and Mark Sykes were in the Oxford United  side which secured  a three two victory at Fleetwood Town. Portsmouth included loanees Gavin Bazunu and Aiden O’Brien in their starting eleven alongside Sean Raggett and Marcus Harness as they defeated visitors Lincoln City and Anthony Scully by three goals to two. 76th minute substitute Ronan Curtis scored six minutes after his introduction while Shaun Williams was a 71st minute substitute for ‘Pompey’. Dennis Cirkin started for Sunderland who overcame visitors Shrewsbury Town by three goals to two. Daryl Horgan started for Wycombe Wanderers who defeated visitors Plymouth Argyle by two goals to nil.

Teenage striker Evan Ferguson was an unused  substitute for Brighton & Hove Albion who defeated their hosts Tottenham Hotspur with the only goal in their Premier League encounter.  Shane Long was a 74th minute substitute for Southampton who defeated  visitors Arsenal with the only goal at St Mary’s Stadium.

In League One, Chiedoze Ogbene started with Joshua Kayode an unused substitute for Rotherham United who maintained their League One promotion push with a one nil victory over visitors Ipswich Town. Leaders Wigan Athletic included Will Keane in their side as they suffered  a shock two one home defeat by Cambridge United. There was also disappointment for MK Dons who suffered  a three two home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday. Warren O’Hora and loanees Conor Coventry and Troy Parrott all started  for the hosts with Parrott finding the net on 40 minutes.

Aaron McEneff  was a 39th minute substitute for Heart of Midlothian who defeated Edinburgh rivals Hibernian by two goals to one in the Scottish Cup semi-final while Jake Doyle-Hayes started for the losers.

U21 defender Oisin McEntee on loan at Greenock Morton from Newcastle United started their one nil Scottish Championship defeat by visitors Hamilton Accademical.

Nathan Collins started while Kevin Long was an unused substitute for Burnley  who earned  a one all Premier League draw at West Ham United. 

James McCarthy was an unused substitute for Glasgow Celtic who exited the Scottish Cup at the semi-final stage with a two one extra-time defeat by Glasgow Rangers.

The Championship continued on Monday afternoon with Huddersfield Town defeating their hosts Middlesbrough by two goals to nil at the Riverside Stadium where loanee Aaron Connolly was a 78th minute substitute for the hosts. Jack Taylor and Sam Szmodics were both in the Peterborough United side which earned  a two nil victory at Barnsley. Darragh Lenihan captioned Blackburn Rovers who went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Stoke City who included Jack Bonham in their starting eleven. Veteran defender Richard Keogh started for Blackpool who crushed visitors Birmingham City by six goals to one with Scott Hogan a late substitute for the vanquished ‘Blues’.  Joel Bagan started while Mark McGuinness was an unused  substitute for Cardiff City whi went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Luton Town for whom Peter Kioso was a 61st minute substitute. Mark Travers was on duty for AFC Bournemouth who secured  a three nil victory at Coventry City while Robbie Brady was an unused  substitute. Dan McNamara was in the Millwall side which defeated visitors Hull city and Sean McLoughlin by two goals to one. Keiren Westwood and Jimmy Dunne were in action with QPR who scored  the only goal to defeat visitors Derby County and relegate them to League One. Eiran Cashin and Jason Knight started for the ‘Rams’ while Louie Watson was an unused substitute. Reading and visitors Swansea City shared eight goals at the Madejski Stadium where loanee Cyrus Christie and Michael Obafemi, who scored, started  while Ryan Manning was a very late substitute. John Egan and Enda Stevens started for Sheffield United who drew one each with Bristol City at Ashton Gate where Max O’Leary was an unused substitute for the hosts while Conor Hourihane was introduced  from the ‘Blades’ bench for the final minute. Dara O’Shea started for West Bromwich Albion who suffered an early dismissal and a significant officiating error which ultimately saw them suffer a four nil defeat at Nottingham Forest. Jayson Molumby was a 54th minute substitute for the ‘Baggies’ while Callum Robinson was an unused substitute.

Daryl Horgan started for Wycombe Wanderers who earned  a League One point with a one all draw at AFC Wimbledon. Anthony Scully scored  for Lincoln City in their three nil victory over visitors Cheltenham Town. Sean Raggett scored  the equaliser for Portsmouth in their one all draw at Morecambe where ‘Pompey’ also had loanee Gavin Bazunu, Ronan Curtis, Marcus Harness and Shaun Williams in their starting eleven with loanee Aiden O’Brien a 64th minute substitute. Dennis Cirkin was in the Sunderland side which played out a scoreless draw at fellow promotion candidates Plymouth Argyle. Loanee Ademipo Odubeko scored  for Doncaster United in their three all draw at Shrewsbury Town.

Loanee Jake O’Brien returned  to the Swindon Town starting eleven for their two one defeat by visitors Leyton Orient in League Two. Lee O’Connor was in action with Tranmere Rovers who defeated visitors Exeter City by two goals to nil.