Irish in Friday night Championship action…08/02/2019

The Championship contest between Aston Villa and third place Sheffield United, who would have gone top with victory, ended in a dramatic three all draw at Villa Park this Friday evening. The visiting ‘Blades’ dominated the first half and led by three goals to nil just after the hour mark. With just eight minutes of regular time remaining, the hosts scored following poor goalkeeping and just four minutes another goalkeeping error saw the hosts score a second. Their revival was completed four minutes into added time when another defensive calamity led to the third and equalising goal.  Conor Hourihane started in midfield for the hosts while the veteran Glenn Whelan was introduced from the bench on sixty six minutes and immediately brought a new solidity to the home midfield. John Egan and Enda Stevens started for the ‘Blades’ with David McGoldrick a sixty ninth minute substitute. Striker Scott Hogan, on loan to the ‘Blades’ from the hosts, was unable to be involved this evening.