Irish set for weekend action…05/12/2021


Matt Doherty was introduced from the Tottenham Hotspur substitute bench on 62 minutes of their three nil Premier League defeat of visitors Norwich City on Sunday afternoon. Andrew Omobamidele and Adam Idah were both in the starting eleven for the ‘Canaries’. 

Republic of Ireland women’s captain Katie McCabe was in Action with Arsenal who went down to a comprehensive three nil defeat by Chelsea in the delayed Women’s FA Cup Final this Sunday afternoon.

Glasgow Celtic cruised to a three nil victory at Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership at noon on Sunday. James McCarthy was an unused  substitute while  Liam Scales made his League debut as a 75th minute substitutes and capped the day with the third goal six minutes after his introduction. 

The second round in the FA Cup continued with Wigan Athletic securing a two one victory at Colchester United. Will Keane started while James McClean was a 76th minute substitute for the victors. Aston Villa loanee Tyreik Wright is on the bench for Salford City who play host to Chesterfield.

Josh Cullen was in action with RSC Anderlecht who came from behind to defeat  SV Zulte Waregem by three goals to two in the Belgian First Division this afternoon.

Bottom side Newcastle United defeated fellow strugglers Burnley with the only goal at St James Park on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League.  The hosts included Jeff Hendrick on their substitute bench but Ciaran Clark was ruled out through suspension. The visitors included Nathan Collins in their starting eleven with Kevin Long on their substitute bench. St Mary’s Stadium hosted the South Coast meeting of Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion with the visitors scoring an equaliser for a one all draw in the eight minute of added time. Shane Long and Will Smallbone were  unused on the home bench while Shane Duffy started for the visitors with Aaron Connolly introduced from their substitute bench on 55 minutes.

Jamie McGrath and Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Connor Ronan were in the St Mirren starting eleven which crashed to a four one defeat at Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

The early Championship kick-off saw Coventry City go down to a two one defeat by visitors West Bromwich Albion who included Callum Robinson in their starting eleven but Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby was suspended following his dismissal last weekend. The ‘Lancashire Derby’ meeting of Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End at Ewood Park went the way of the hosts with the only goal.  Darragh Lenihan was in action for the hosts while Alan Browne captained the visitors. Callum O’Dowda started for Bristol City who scored  the only goal to defeat visitors  Derby County and their Irish duo of Jason Knight and Festy Ebosele at Ashton Gate where Knight was withdrawn at half-time. Cardiff City included Mark McGuinness and James Collins in their starting eleven and McGuinness scored a late goal as his suide went down to a three two defeat by visitors Sheffield United who named John Egan, Enda Stevens, David McGoldrick, who scored, and Aston Villa loanee Conor Hourihane in their starting eleven. Swansea City include dRyan Manning in their starting eleven while Michael Obafemi was a 67th minute substitute in their one nil defeat at Middlesbrough. Jack Taylor started and West Ham United loanee Conor Coventry was a 65th minute substitute for struggling Peterborough United who went down to a two nil defeat at Nottingham Forest.

In the second round of the FA Cup, Leyton Orient defeated visitors Tranmere Rovers, who included Glasgow Celtic loanee Lee O’Connor in their starting eleven, by four goals to nil. Portsmouth name Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu in their starting eleven with Ronan Curtis a 60th minute substitute as they went down to a two one defeat by visitors Harrowgate Town.

Second place AIK Solna included Zack Elbouzedi in their starting eleven for the Swedish Allsvenskan visit of IKN Sirius. AIK recovered from the concession of two goals in the opening twenty minutes to secure a four two victory.