Irish set for midweek action…04/02/2022


There was Championship action on Friday evening with Birmingham City and Scott Hogan going down to a two one defeat by visitors Sheffield United who included John Egan in their starting eleven with David McGoldrick an 89th minute substitute while Aston Villa loanee Conor Hourihane remained on their substitute bench.

Championship side Middlesbrough dumped Manchester United out of the FA Cup with an 8-7 penalty shoot-out victory after the sides finished level on one goal each after extra-time in the fourth round this Friday evening. The visitors named Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Aaron Connolly, who was not cup-tied, on their substitute bench and he was introduced at the commencement of the 30 minute extra-time period.

Glasgow Celtic superseded Glasgow Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership table following their comprehensive three nil victory over their bitter rivals in Celtic Park this evening. James McCarthy was a 72nd minute substitute for the victors while Liam Scales was unused on the substitute bench. 

The Championship saw Cardiff City secure a one nil victory at Barnsley where Mark McGuinness was in action for the victors while James Collins and Joel Bagan were unused on their substitute bench. Huddersfield Town defeated Derby County with two late goals following a resolute performance from the visitors who were reduced to ten men following a  red card dismissal after just three minutes. Jason Knight and Festy Ebosele started for  the ‘Rams’ while Eiran Cashin was a 61st minute substitute.

The Scottish Premiership saw Hibernian and Jake Doyle-Hayes, who started, play out a scoreless draw with visitors Heart of Midlothian and unused substitute Aaron McEneff.   Livingston went down to a two one defeat by visitors St Johnstone who included Dan Cleary in their starting eleven with John Mahon making his debut as a 61st minute substitute. St Mirren included Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Connor Ronan in their starting eleven alongside Joe Shaughnessy, Charles Dunne and Alan Power for their one all draw with visitors Motherwell for whom Jake Carroll started with Ross Tierney a 40th minute substitute who scored the added time equaliser.  Jonny Hayes started and scored the goal for Aberdeen in their one all draw at Ross County.

In the Championship, Millwall and Danny McNamara played out a scoreless draw with visitors Preston North End who included Greg Cunningham in their starting eleven with Alan Browne a 79th minute substitute. Swansea City included Ryan Manning,  Fulham loanee Cyrus Christie and Michael Obafemi  in their starting eleven for their disappointing one nil defeat by visitors Luton Town.

In League One Doncaster Rovers named West Ham United loanee Ademipo Odubeko in their side for the visit of table toppers Rotherham United who crushed them by five goals to nil. Chiedoze Ogbene started and scored for the ‘Millers’  with Joshua Kayode a 70th minute substitute. Wigan Athletic included James McClean in their starting eleven for their one all draw with visitors Oxford United who included Mark Sykes  and Luke McNally in their starting eleven. New signing Jamie McGrath must await his Wigan debut while injury ruled out Will Keane.

League Two Harrogate Town included Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Lewis Richards and Middlesbrough loanee Calum Kavanagh in their side for the scoreless draw with visitors Mansfield Town. Richards was forced off through injury after just 15 minutes. Promotion chasing  Swindon Town included Crystal Palace loanee Jake O’Brien in their side for their one all draw with visitors Crawley Town.  Lee O’Connor was in the Tranmere Rovers who defeated visitors Stevenage and goalkeeper Christy Pym by one goal to nil.

There was League One action on Monday evening with Portsmouth and their Irish quintet of Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu, Marcus Harness, Shaun Williams and Sean Raggett who started and 71st minute substitute Ronan Curtis playing host to Charlton Athletic who emerged from Fratton Park with a two one victory.