Irish in Sunday afternoon action…31/03/2019

Harry Arter was in Premier League action for Cardiff City who went down to an undeserved two one defeat by visitors Chelsea this Sunday afternoon. The ‘Bluebirds’ performed very well with Arter impressive in midfield and took the lead in the first minute of he second half. The Chelsea equaliser was clearly offside and it is quite stunning how it was missed by the officials. The referee also missed two quite blatant fouls in the penalty area which should have led to penalty kicks for Cardiff. All in all a poor performance from the officials. The veteran goalkeeper Brian Murphy was on the substitute bench for the hosts.

The usual Scottish Premiership battle between Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers took place in Celtic Park with a noon kick-off and ended in a two one victory for the hosts who go thirteen points clear of their bitter rivals at the summit off the league table. There was a surprise Glasgow Celtic start for Jonny Hayes but he was withdrawn at half-time.

Portsmouth lifted the EFL Trophy following a 5-4 penalty shoot-out success over Sunderland at Wembley Stadium this Sunday afternoon. ‘Pompey’ striker Ronan Curtis, who recently suffered a severe hand injury, was named in the starting eleven but showing signs of rustiness was withdrawn on fifty six minutes. Aiden McGeady started for the ‘Makems’ and opened the scoring on thirty eight minutes but Portsmouth equalised on eighty two minutes to force extra-time. ‘Pompey’ took the lead in extra-time but with just one minute remaining, McGeady equalised for Sunderland to send the contest to the penalty shoot-out.