Irish in EFL Trophy midweek action…08/09/2020

There were a number of Irish U21 and senior internationals together with several international aspirants in EFL Trophy action this Tuesday evening.

U21 striker Ryan Cassidy, on loan at Accrington Stanley from Watford, scored twice as his side crushed a youthful Leeds United side by seven goals to nil. U21 centre back hopeful Corrie Ndaba was in the Ipswich Town side alongside senior international Alan Judge and U21 striker Aaron Drinan as they lost to the visiting Arsenal U21 side, captained by Ireland U19 centre back Mark McGuinness, by two goals to one. U21 striker Zack Elbouzedi started for Lincoln City with Anthony Scully a 75th minutes substitute as they defeated Scunthorpe United 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out following a one all draw. Scully was among the successful penalty takers. U21 hopeful Warren O’Hora, on loan at MK Dons from Brighton & Hove Albion, started for his side in their 3-1 victory over visitors Northampton Town. Recent Ireland declaree Mark Sykes started alongside Liam Kelly for Oxford United who defeated the Chelsea U21 side by two goals to one. Senior hopefuls Ronan Curtis, Sean Raggett and Marcus Harness started for Portsmouth who defeated visitors Colchester United by two goals to nil with Harness scoring both goals. Teenagers Andrew Omobamidele and Josh Giurgi both started for Norwich City U21s in their 3-2 success at Plymouth Argyle. Glasgow Celtic loanee Lee O’Connor started for Tranmere Rovers who lost in a penalty shoot-out following a scoreless draw at Port Vale. O’Connor again scored his penalty as he had done in last Saturday’s shoot-out defeat in the Carabao Cup.  U21 midfielder Conor Coventry was in the West Ham United U21 side and scored in their 3-1 victory over Southend United at Roots Hall.