Irish in Saturday afternoon action…16/03/2019

Premier League
Burnley went down to a two one home defeat by Leicester City at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Robbie Brady was a seventy ninth minute substitute while Jeff Hendrick remained unused on the substitute bench. International retiree Stephen Ward and late call up Kevin Long have been out of favour recently and again found themselves missing from the matchday squad.

FA Cup
Matt Doherty and his Wolverhampton Wanderers colleagues are set to take on Molineaux visitors Manchester United in the FA Cup Sixth Round at 19.55hours on Saturday evening.

Elland Road hosted the ‘Yorkshire Derby’ meeting of Leeds United and Sheffield United at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon and saw the visiting ‘Blades’ score the only goal to leapfrog their rivals into  second place on the Championship League Table. The victors included John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick in their starting eleven with Aston Villa loanee Scott Hogan an unused substitute.  Aston Villa included the evergreen Glenn Whelan in their starting eleven as they maintained their play-off challenge with a three nil victory over Middlesbrough and Darren Randolph at Villa Park. Alan Judge has been gaining plaudits for his performances with Ipswich Town and was again in action as they played out a one all draw with visitors Nottingham Forest at Portman Road. Sean Maguire scored the only goal for Preston North End four minutes into added time as they overcame their visitors Birmingham City.  Injury ruled out Alan Browne but long term injury victim Callum Robinson returned to action as a sixtieth minute substitute. Sheffield Wednesday and Keiren Westwood defeated visitors Blackburn Rovers by four goals to two at Hillsborough while James McClean and Stoke City were held to a scoreless draw by visitors Reading.

League One
Late international call-up Josh Cullen, on loan at Charlton Athletic from West Ham United, was in League One action in their scoreless draw at Bristol Rovers while James Collins was in action for leaders Luton Town who were held to a two all draw by visitors Gillingham at Kenilworth Road.