Limited midweek action overseas…06/05/2022

Already assured of promotion, Fulham secured the Championship title when they crushed visitors Luton Town by seven goals to nil on Monday afternoon.  The visitors, for whom Peter Kioso was a 31st minute substitute, are currently in sixth position and not yet guaranteed a play-off place. They now face a dramatic finale when they host Reading at Kenilworth Road on Saturday afternoon. 

Liverpool and Caoimhin Kelleher travelled to Spain where they  faced Villarreal in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final with a two nil advantage from the first leg at Anfield last week. The ‘Reds’ were unusually lethargic in the first half and found their two goal lead wiped out before the break. There was significant second half improvement and a three goal salvo midway through the half improved their initial advantage and ensured their presence in a third cup final this season.   

There was a crucial Championship contest played in the Vitality Stadium with hosts AFC Bournemouth scoring the only goal to defeat third place Nottingham Forest and secure second place and promotion to the Premier League. The ‘Cherries’ included Mark Travers in their starting eleven while Robbie Brady was an unused  substitute. 

The first leg in the first League One semi-final play-off took place in Adams Park on Thursday evening with Wycombe Wanderers and Daryl Horgan defeating MK Dons and their trio of Warren O’Hora and loanees Conor Coventry and Troy Parrott by two goals to nil..

The first leg in the second League One semi-final play-off took place in the Stadium of Light on Friday evening with Sunderland defeating Sheffield Wednesday by one goal to nil. Denis Cirkin was in the ‘Makems’ starting eleven while veteran Aiden McGeady was unused on the  substitute bench.