More midweek action for Irish…16/04/2021

There was Premier League action in Goodison Park this Friday evening with Everton playing host to Tottenham Hotspur. Club Captain Seamus Coleman was introduced from the ‘Toffees’ substitute bench on sixty one minutes and immediately provided the assist for their second goal of the contest which ended in a two all draw. One again, Matt Doherty was absent from the visitors matchday squad.

Blackburn Rovers were without suspended captain Darragh Lenihan for their two one Championship victory over visitors Derby County for whom Louie Watson and Festy Ebosele were second half substitutes but Jason Knight was unused on the substitute bench.

Promotion chasing Peterborough United went joint top of League One with a three one victory over London Road visitors Northampton Town with Jack Taylor in central midfield for the victorious ‘Posh’.

Manager Jim Goodwin saw his St Mirren side progress to the Scottish Cup quarter-finals with a two one victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle. His fellow Irish quintet of Jamie McGrath, Conor McCarthy, Joe Shaughnessy, Jake Doyle-Hayes and Dylan Connolly were all in the starting eleven.

There was Airtricity League Premier Division action this Friday evening with Bohemian securing three points with a one nil victory over Waterford in the RSC while Derry City secured their first point of the season from a one all draw with Drogheda United in their Ryan McBride Bransywell Stadium.

All ten Airtricity League First Division clubs were in action this evening. Bray Wanderers went down to a two one home defeat in the Carlisle Grounds by Athlone Town. Cork City also suffered a home defeat, losing three one to Shelbourne. The points were shared by Galway United and newcomers Treaty United in a one all Eamonn Deacy Park draw. UCD crushed near neighbours Cabinteely by four goals to one in The Bowl. Wexford suffered a two one defeat by visitors Cobh Ramblers in Ferrycarrig Park.

The Airtricity League Premier Division continued on Tuesday evening with Shamrock Rovers defeating bottom side Derry City by two goals to nil at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.

The Championship continued on Tuesday evening with promotion challengers AFC Bournemouth defeating their hosts Huddersfield Town by two goals to one. Mark Travers was an unused substitute for the ‘Cherries’ while both Gavin Kilkenny and Southampton loanee Shane Long were not in the matchday squad. The veteran Richard Keogh was in defence for the hosts. Keiren Westwood returned to the Sheffield Wednesday side as they wend down to a two nil defeat by visitors Swansea City who included Aston Villa loanee Conor Hourihane and Ryan Manning in their starting eleven. 

League One promotion chasers Portsmouth included Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness in their starting eleven for the scoreless draw at Crewe Alexandra. Stephen Ward, Alan Judge and Aaron Drinan started for Ipswich Town who suffered a three nil defeat at AFC Wimbledon but all three were withdrawn shortly after the hour mark while Arsenal loanee Mark McGuinness remained unused on the substitute bench. Teenage goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, on loan at Rochdale from Manchester City, was again on the substitute bench for the visit of Swindon Town while U21 midfielder Conor Grant started an scored in their two one victory. Jimmy Keohane scored the other goal for the victors,

U21 international Tyreik Wright, on loan from Aston Villa, started for Walsall who defeated visitors Tranmere Rovers by one goal to nil. Glasgow Celtic loanee and fellow U21 international Lee O’Connor, was a 62nd minute substitute for the visitors in tonight’s League Two encounter.  

There were two Premier League contests completed on Monday evening with West Bromwich Albion playing host to Southampton at 6pm in the Hawthorns while Brighton & Hove Albion welcomed Everton to the AMEX Stadium at 8.15pm. The ‘Baggies’ Dara O’Shea had recovered from the ankle injury which forced his withdrawal after just 24 minutes of their five two victory at Chelsea on Saturday and started while two goal substitute Callum Robinson also started and was again on the scoresheet as his side cruised to a comfortable three nil victory. Ireland U21 midfielder/striker Will Ferry was an unused substitute for the visiting ‘Saints’. Aaron Connolly remains on the  injury list for Brighton & Hove Albion while Seamus Coleman started for the visiting ‘Toffees’ as the sides played out a scoreless draw.