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NewMidweek in the Championship and League One…26/02/2020

Wednesday
There was further Championship action on Wednesday evening with Blackburn Rovers and Daragh Lenihan facing Stoke City and Nathan Collins in a scoreless draw at Ewood Park. Fulham included Harry Arter in their starting eleven with Cyrus Christie unused on the substitute bench for their one nil victory over Craven Cottage visitors Swansea City. The New Den hosted a dull goal less draw between Millwall and Birmingham City with Jayson Molumby and Alex Pearce in the starting eleven for the hosts while loanee Scott Hogan started for the visitors. Aiden O’Brien was unused on the substitute bench for the ‘Lions’. Ireland Assistant Manager Terry Connor was believed to be in attendance at Hillsborough for the clash of Sheffield Wednesday and visitors Charlton Athletic who included Josh Cullen in their starting eleven as they went down to a one nil added time defeat. 

Tuesday
Luton Town and James Collins collected three valuable points in their battle to avoid relegation from the Championship when they defeated visitors Brentford by two goals to one at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday evening. Ryan Manning started with Conor Masterson unused on the substitute bench for QPR who defeated visitors Derby County by two goals to one at Loftus Road where Jason Knight was an unused  substitute for the visitors. Mick McCarthy was believed to have been in attendance at Loftus Road. League leaders West Bromwich Albion included Dara O’Shea and Callum Robinson in their starting eleven for the two nil victory over visitors Preston North End and their Irish duo of Alan Browne and Sean Maguire.

Glenn Whelan and Paddy Madden were in the Fleetwood Town side which played out a one all draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in League One on Tuesday evening. Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Connor Ronan scored the opening goal for Blackpool who defeated Lancashire rivals Bolton Wanderers by two goals to one at Bloomfield Road. Chiedoze Ogbene was in the Rotherham United side for the top of the table clash with Coventry City at St Andrew’s which ended in a one all draw. Ronan Curtis started for Portsmouth who defeated visitors  MK Dons by three goals to one at Fratton Park.

Conor McCarthy and Jamie McGrath both started for St Mirren who secured a two one Scottish Premiership victory over Motherwell at Fir Park. 

 

NewAirtricity League action on Monday evening…24/02/2020

Three contests in match series three of the Airtricity League Premier Division took place this Monday evening with the other two scheduled contests falling foul of weather conditions. Shamrock Rovers travelled south and defeated hosts Waterford in the RSC by two goals to nil. Defending champions Dundalk overcame struggling Cork City by three goals to nil in Oriel Park while Bohemian defeated Sligo Rovers by two goals to nil in Dalymount Park. The St Patrick’s Athletic v Derry City and Finn Harps v Shelbourne contests were the casualties of the weather.

NewIrish in UK League action this weekend…23/02/2020

Sunday
The Premier League continued on Sunday afternoon with Wolverhampton Wanderers securing a comfortable three nil victory over visitors Norwich City. Matt Doherty was again impressive in the right wing back role for the Molineaux hosts while teenage striker Adam Idah was an unused substitute for the visiting ‘Canaries’. Seamus Coleman was an unused substitute for Everton who went down to a three two defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Saturday
Jeff Hendrick completed another 90 minutes for Burnley while Robbie Brady was an added time substitute as their side secured a three nil Premier League victory over visitors AFC Bournemouth at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon while Kevin Long was an unused substitute. James McCarthy was in the Crystal Palace side for the one nil victory over visitors Newcastle United for whom Ciaran Clark was side lined by the ankle injury he sustained at Arsenal on Sunday last. Sheffield United duo John Egan and Enda Stevens started the one all draw with visitors Brighton & Hove Albion with Stevens scoring the goal before being forced off at half time through injury. David McGoldrick was a 74th minute substitute while Shane Duffy started for the visitors with Aaron Connolly a 75th minute substitute. Shane Long and Will Smallbone started for Southampton with Long scoring the opening goal in their two nil success over visitors Aston Villa for whom Conor Hourihane was a 59th minute substitute while Michael Obafemi replaced Long for the hosts on 73 minutes.

Daragh Lenihan captained Blackburn Rovers in their two all draw with hosts Brentford in the Championship on Saturday afternoon. Loanee Scott Hogan scored the added time equaliser for Birmingham City who played out a three all draw with visitors Sheffield Wednesday at St Andrew’s. Bristol City included Callum O’Dowda in their starting eleven for the visit of leaders West Bromwich Albion who included Dara O’Shea and loanee Callum Robinson in their starting eleven with Robinson scoring the opening goal in a three nil success for the ‘Baggies’. Josh Cullen was in the Charlton Athletic side for their three one victory over visitors Luton Town and James Collins at the Valley. Ryan Manning started with Conor Masterson unused on the substitute bench for QPR who played out a scoreless draw with  Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Sean Maguire started for Preston North End and was replaced on 58 minutes by Alan Browne who then scored the winning goal in the two one defeat of visitors Hull City for whom Sean McLoughlin was an unused substitute. Injury ruled James McClean out of the Stoke City side for the two nil victory over visitors Cardiff City with teenage centre back Nathan Collins a late substitute for the victorious hosts. Jayson Molumby and Alex Pearce both started for Millwall in their one nil defeat at Wigan Athletic.

In League One, loanee Connor Ronan was in the Blackpool side which played out a scoreless draw at AFC Wimbledon while Glenn Whelan and Paddy Madden started for Fleetwood Town who defeated their visitors Portsmouth and Ronan Curtis by one goal to nil. Alan Judge was in the Ipswich Town side which went down to a one nil home defeat by visitors Oxford United. The Lincoln City trio of Cian Bolger, Conor Coventry and Anthony Scully started the scoreless draw with visitors Gillingham who included Southampton loanee Thomas O’Connor in their starting eleven. Goalkeeper Max O’Leary, on loan from Bristol City, kept a clean sheet for Shrewsbury Town who defeated Doncaster Rovers by one goal to nil while fellow goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara, on loan at Burton Albion from Manchester United, was fit to start their three two victory at Southend United.

NewAirtricity League action this weekend…24/02/2020

Saturday
There were two Airtricity League First Division fixtures played on Saturday evening with Cobh Ramblers going down to a two nil defeat by Drogheda United in St Colman’s Park while Longford Town defeated Shamrock Rovers II by two goals to nil at Bishopsgate.

Friday
Week two in the Airtricity League Premier Division saw all ten clubs in Friday night action. With all five fixtures in opening week ending in one nil results, we certainly had quite a few more goals this evening.

The Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium hosted the ‘Derby’ meeting of Derry City and Finn Harps in front of the live RTE 2 cameras with the contest ending in a one all draw. Newly promoted Shelbourne went down to a two one defeat by defending champions Dundalk in Tolka Park. The Showgrounds witnessed hosts Sligo Rovers suffer a two nil defeat by visitors St Patrick’s Athletic while Waterford went down to a two nil defeat by RSC visitors Bohemian. Hosts Shamrock Rovers demolished Cork City by six goals to nil in Tallaght Stadium with Graham Burke scoring five of the goals.

The Airtricity League First Division commenced this Friday evening with Cabinteely defeating visitors Bray Wanderers by four goals to two at Stradbrook while Wexford and UCD played out a one all draw in Ferrycarrig Park.

Midweek football action for Irish…21/02/2020

Friday
The Championship continued this Friday evening with Derby County teenager Jason Knight in the ‘Rams’ starting eleven for the one all draw with visitors Fulham for whom Harry Arter started with Cyrus Christie unused on the substitute bench at Pride Park.

Thursday
The first legs in the Europa League Round of 32 took place this Thursday evening with Matt Doherty in fine form for Wolverhampton Wanderers who defeated Spanish visitors Espanyol by four goals to nil. Earlier in the evening Jonny Hayes again filled  the left back position for Glasgow Celtic who emerged from their away contest against FC Copenhagen with a one all draw.

Wednesday
The second semi-final in the English Football League Trophy saw Salford City progress to face Portsmouth in the Wembley final with a 6-5 penalty shoot-out success against Newport County after the tie  finished scoreless after extra-time. Padraig Amond started for the hosts but club captain Mark O’Brien missed out through injury while Darron Gibson and Richie Towell started for the victors with Adam Rooney a late substitute.

Tuesday

There was Irish involvement in three separate competitions on Tuesday evening. In League One, Southampton loanee Thomas O’Connor was in action for Gillingham who scored the only goal for victory at Southend United.

There was a dramatic ending to the first semi-final in the English Football League Trophy with Portsmouth for whom Ronan Curtis was in action, defeating Exeter City by three goals to two with four of the goals being scored in the last few minutes of the contest.

There was also drama in the Scottish Cup fifth round replay between Motherwell and St Mirren at Fir Park. The visitors who are managed by Jim Goodwin included January signings Conor McCarthy and Jamie McGrath in their starting eleven and swept into a four one half time lead. The hosts responded in the second period scoring three times to force extra-time which remained scoreless. McGrath converted the opening penalty in the shoot-out and his side progressed with a three two success.

Irish in UK League action this weekend…16/02/2020

Sunday
The Premier League continued on Sunday afternoon with Aston Villa going down to a three two added time defeat by visitors Tottenham Hotspur. Conor Hourihane was an unused substitute for the hosts. Later in the afternoon, Arsenal defeated visitors Newcastle United by four goals to nil. Ciaran Clark was in central defence for the ‘Magpies’ but suffer a nasty looking ankle injury and was withdrawn after 83 minutes.

Saturday

The Premier League continued on Saturday afternoon with Southampton going down to a two one home defeat by visitors Burnley in a 12.30pm kick-off at St Mary’s Stadium. The hosts included Shane Long in their starting eleven with Michael Obafemi a 73rd minute substitute and Will Smallbone unused on the bench while the visiting ‘Clarets’ included Jeff Hendrick in their starting eleven with Robbie Brady an unused substitute. 

Current leaders West Bromwich Albion briefly extended their lead at the summit of the Championship with a two all draw with visitors Nottingham Forest in the early kick-off at the Hawthorns. Ireland U21 defender Dara O’Shea and loanee Callum Robinson were in action for the ‘Baggies’ with Robinson scoring the opening goal after 37 minutes. Birmingham City loanee Scott Hogan, who has rediscovered his goal scoring form with the ‘Blues’, was in action at St Andrew’s in the one all draw with visitors Brentford, the club with which he came to prominence three seasons ago. West Ham United loanee Josh Cullen was in midfield action with his loan club Charlton Athletic who went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Blackburn Rovers and Daragh Lenihan at the Valley. Jason Knight was unused on the bench for Derby County who were held to a one all draw by Huddersfield Town at Pride Park. Harry Arter was a 54th minute substitute while Cyrus Christie was unused by Fulham who suffered a shock three nil  defeat by visitors Barnsley at Craven Cottage. Callum O’Dowda was an early substitute for Bristol City who went down to a one nil defeat at Leeds United. James Collins started for Luton Town who shocked  Middlesbrough with the only goal at the Riverside Stadium. Alan Browne started but was substituted on 65 minutes while Sean Maguire was introduced form the bench after 76 minutes as their Preston North End lost to the only goal from visitors Millwall for whom  Jayson Molumby and Alex Pearce started while Aiden O’Brien was unused on the substitute bench. Queens Park Rangers included Ryan Manning in their starting eleven with Conor Masterson unused on the substitute bench for the four two victory over visitors Stoke City for whom James McClean was absent after suffering a medial ligament knee injury in Wednesday night’s defeat by Preston North End while Nathan Collins was unused on the substitute bench.

In League One, Accrington Stanley secured a four three success over visitors Lincoln City, who included Irish U21 international Anthony Scully, who opened the scoring, in their starting eleven with fellow U21 internationals Conor Coventry and Zack Elbouzedi unused on the substitute bench at the Crown Ground this afternoon. Bristol Rovers defeated visitors Blackpool by two goals to one at the Memorial Ground where two further U21 internationals, Josh Barrett and Connor Ronan were in opposition. Glenn Whelan and Paddy Madden were in the Fleetwood Town side which defeated in-form visitors Peterborough United and their U21 international midfielder Jack Taylor by two goals to one. Yet another U21 squad member, Thomas O’Connor was in the Gillingham side who also secured a two one success over visitors Doncaster Rovers and Kieran Sadlier. Ipswich Town had Alan Judge in their starting eleven and he scored in their four one success against visitors Burton Albion for whom goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara was forced off through injury just before half-time. In form Portsmouth included Ronan Curtis in their starting eleven for the two nil defeat of visitors Shrewsbury Town, for whom loanee goalkeeper Max O’Leary returned to a starting position. Leaders Rotherham United included Chiedoze Ogbene in their starting eleven for the visit of AFC Wimbledon who secured an unexpected two all draw.

Friday
The Premier League meeting of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City ended in a scoreless draw at Molineaux on Friday evening. The contest lacked sparkle with the crimson flow from a head injury sustained by Matt Doherty catching the eye on several occasions.

The Championship contest between Hull City and Swansea City at the KCOM Stadium saw eight goals shared with Sean McLoughlin retaining his starting position for the host ‘Tigers’.

The first semi-final of the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup at Firhill Stadium between Partick Thistle and Raith Rovers ended in a two one victory for the visitors and disappointment for Ireland U21 international Lee O’Connor, who is on loan with the defeated hosts from Glasgow Celtic.

 

2020 Airtricity League season kicks-off on Friday…14/02/2020

The 2020 Airtricity League Premier Division kicked-off this Friday evening with four scheduled fixtures all ending in one nil results with all four winning goals being scored in the second half of each contest. Defending champions Dundalk defeated Derry City in Oriel Park while Cork City went down to promoted First Division champions Shelbourne in Turner’s Cross. St Patrick’s Athletic lost to visitors Waterford in Richmond Park with the North West ‘Derby’ meeting of Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers going the way of the hosts in Finn Park.

The remaining fixture between bitter Dublin rivals Bohemian and Shamrock Rovers kicked-off at 2pm on Saturday afternoon in Dalymount Park where the visiting ‘Hoops’ scored the only goal in the third minute of added time for victory.