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NewMore midweek action overseas…28/01/2022

Monday
There was Championship action on Monday evening with Blackburn Rovers climbing to second place on the League Table with a one nil victory over Ewood Park visitors Middlesbrough. Darragh Lenihan captained the hosts and had a fine game while Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Aaron Connolly was in action for the visitors but his radar was off course with the couple of chances he had.

Tuesday
In the Scottish Premiership, St Mirren include Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Connor Ronan, Joe Shaughnessy, Charles Dunne and  Alan Power in their squad for the visit of Aberdeen and Jonny Hayes. The situation relating to  Jamie McGrath, who was the subject of a transfer bid by Aberdeen and is believed  to be under review by a trio of English clubs, remains cloudy. McGrath has been training as normal and may be involved this evening. 

In the Championship, Birmingham City and Scott Hogan play host to Peterborough United duo Jack Taylor and Sam Szmodics. Luton Town include Peter Kioso in their squad for the visit of Bristol City and their duo of Max O’Leary and Callum O’Dowda. Promotion chasing QPR and Jimmy Dunne entertain Swansea City who include former QPR man Ryan Manning together with Fulham loanee Cyrus Christie and Michael Obafemi in their ranks.

Burton Albion play League One hosts to MK Dons who include Warren O’Hora and loanees Conor Coventry from West Ham United  and Troy Parrott of Tottenham Hotspur in their squad.

In the Football League Trophy, Rotherham United duo Chiedoze Ogbene and Joshua Kayode welcome Wes Hoolihan and Cambridge United to Millmoor. Wigan Athletic pair Will Keane and James McClean await the visit of an Arsenal U21 side. Aston Villa loanee Lewis Richards may be in action for Harrogate Town who visit Sutton United.

Wednesday
The Scottish Premiership sees third place Heart of Midlothian and Aaron McEneff play host to Glasgow Celtic who include James McCarthy and Liam Scales in their ranks. Jake Doyle-Hayes and his Hibernian colleagues journey to Motherwell for whom recent signing Ross Tierney may be set to make his debut

Callum Robinson and Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby are in the West Bromwich Albion squad for the Championship engagement with visitors Preston North End who include Alan Browne, Greg Cunningham and Sean Maguire in their squad.

Josh Cullen and RSC Anderlecht play host to Cercle Bruges in the Belgian First Division on Wednesday evening. 

NewMore overseas weekend action…23/01/2022

 

Sunday
There  was a 2pm kick-off  for three contests in the Premier League with Arsenal playing out a scoreless draw with visitors Burnley for whom Nathan Collins and Kevin Long were unused substitutes. Crystal Palace went down to a three one defeat by visitors Liverpool for whom Caoimhin Kelleher was an unused substitute. Chelsea defeated visitors Tottenham Hotspur by two goals to nil with Matt Doherty  given a starting berth following his positive contribution as a half-time substitute in Wednesday night’s three two victory at Leicester City.

Josh Cullen and RSC Anderlecht travelled to Mechelen in the Belgian First Division where they secured  a one nil victory this Sunday afternoon. 

Saturday
The early kick-off in the Premier League saw managerless Everton go down to a one nil defeat by visitors Aston Villa at Goodison Park where Seamus Coleman was an unused substitute for the hosts.  Leeds United welcome Newcastle United to Elland Road where Ciaran Clark, while not appearing to be in the new manager’s future plans. was included on the substitute bench alongside Jeff Hendrick. Goalkeeper Darren Randolph is on the West Ham United substitute bench at Manchester United. The late kick-off saw Southampton hold Manchester City to a one all draw with Shane Long an unused substitute on the ‘Saints’ bench while Will Smallbone remains on the injury list.

The early Championship meeting of Bristol City and Cardiff City went the way of the hosts at Ashton Gate. Callum O’Dowda and Max O’Leary both started for the victors while Mark McGuinness and James Collins, who scored, started for the visitors with Joel Bagan unused on their substitute bench. East Midland rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby County met at the City Ground where the hosts prevailed  by two goals to one.  Jason Knight and Festy Ebosele started for the visiting’ Rams’ while Eiran Cashin was unused on their substitute bench. AFC Bournemouth included Mark Travers in their starting eleven with Gavin Kilkenny an unused substitute as they suffered  a shock one nil home defeat by visitors Hull city and Sean McLoughlin. Promotion chasing QPR included Jimmy Dunne in the starting eleven for their two one victory at Coventry City. John Egan and Aston Villa loanee Conor Hourihane started for Sheffield United in their two nil victory over visitors Luton Town and Peter Kioso. Swansea City included Ryan Manning, who scored  the only goal, and Fulham loanee Cyrus Christie in their starting eleven with Michael Obafemi unused on their bench for the visit of  Preston North End for whom Alan Browne and Greg Cunningham started with Sean Maguire an unused substitute. West Bromwich Albion named Callum Robinson and Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby on their substitute bench and both were introduced on 75 minutes and helped spark a late three goal salvo for victory over visitors Peterborough United for whom Jack Taylor started  with Sam Szmodics a 69th minute substitute.

League One promotion chasers MK Dons included Warren O’Hora, Tottenham Hotspur loanee Troy Parrott and new loanee arrival Conor Coventry from West Ham United in their side for the one nil defeat by visitors Doncaster Rovers. Both loanees were withdrawn on 75 minutes.  Daryl Horgan was a 75th minute substitute for Wycombe Wanderers who suffered a three two defeat at Morecambe for whom captain Anthony O’Connor scored  their opening goal. Mark Sykes and Oxford United came from behind to defeat visitors Sheffield Wednesday by three goals to two. Anthony Scully and Lincoln City made the lengthy journey to Plymouth Argyle where they also came from behind to secure a two one victory. Rotherham United included Chiedoze Ogbene in their starting eleven with  Joshua Kayode unused on the bench for their one nil victory over visitors Cheltenham Town. Dennis Cirkin and Sunderland defeated visitors Portsmouth by one goal to nil. ‘Pompey’ included Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu, Ronan Curtis, Marcus Harness and Sean Raggett in their starting eleven with Curtis withdrawn on 71 minutes. Wigan Athletic duo Will Keane and James McClean started against their visitors Gillingham with Keane scoring twice in their three two victory which sees them return to the top of the table.

The 1pm League Two meeting of Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers featured Crystal Palace loanee Jake O’Brien in action with the hosts who were held to a one all draw. Crawley Town went down top a one nil defeat by visitors Tranmere Rovers and their Glasgow Celtic loanee Lee O’Connor. Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Lewis Richards was in the Harrogate Town side for their three nil defeat of visitors Oldham Athletic.

The Scottish Cup fourth round saw St Mirren secure a two nil victory at  Ayr United with Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Connor Ronan in their starting eleven but Jamie McGrath, who is in some conflict with the club, was missing again. The late kick-off featured League One Alloa Athletic and Glasgow Celtic who included Liam Scales  in their starting eleven with James McCarthy a half time substitute in their two one victory. 

 

NewOverseas midweek activity…21/01/2022

 

Friday
Relegation candidates Watford and Norwich City were in Premier League action on Friday evening. The visiting ‘Canaries’ included weekend goal scorer Adam Idah in their starting eleven and he made a significant contribution to their three nil victory.

Thursday
Liverpool progressed to the final of the EFL Cup with a two nil second leg victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this evening. Caoimhin Kelleher started for the victors and, but for one excellent save from a free-kick, had very little to do.  

Wednesday
Leicester City conceded twice in added time to suffer a stunning three two defeat by visitors Tottenham Hotspur  in the Premier League on Wednesday evening. Matt Doherty was a half-time substitute for the victors and made a telling contribution.

Hull City and Sean McLoughlin caused a Championship upset with a two nil victory over high flying visitors Blackburn Rovers and Darragh Lenihan this Wednesday evening. Twenty two year old wing back Peter Kioso was in the Luton Town side which secured a two nil victory at Reading. Kioso spent the first half of the season on loan at MK Dons but was recalled by his parent club and was straight into first team action on his return. 

Tuesday
Brighton & Hove Albion played out a one all draw with visitors Chelsea in the Premier League this Tuesday evening. Injury ruled Shane Duffy out of contention for the hosts while young Evan Ferguson was unused  on the substitute bench.

Current Championship leaders Fulham crushed Birmingham City and 64th minute substitute Scott Hogan by six goals to two at Craven Cottage. Preston North End included Alan Browne in their starting eleven and he scored in their two all draw with visitors Sheffield United who included John Egan, Enda Stevens and Aston Villa loanee Conor Hourihane in their starting eleven with David McGoldrick a 70th minute substitute. Greg Cunningham was a 40th minute substitute for the hosts while Sean Maguire was unused on the bench. 

Stuttering Portsmouth included Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu, Marcus Harness and Sean Raggett in their starting eleven with Ronan Curtis a 67th minute substitute as they played out a scoreless League One draw at AFC Wimbledon. Promotion chasing Wigan Athletic included Will Keane who scored and James McClean in their starting eleven at Morecambe where they prevailed  by two goals to one..

The  Scottish Premiership featured St Mirren who secured  a two one success at Dundee United this Tuesday evening. Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Connor Ronan started for the victors alongside Joe Shaughnessy, Charles Dunne and Alan Power. Transfer window signing Daniel Cleary started for St Johnstone who went down to a two nil defeat at Heart of Midlothian for whom Aaron McEneff was a 71st minute substitute

Monday
Glasgow Celtic were in  Scottish Premiership action on Monday evening. when they secured  a two nil success over visitors Hibernian. Liam Scales and James McCarthy were unused substitutes for the hosts while Jake Doyle-Hayes was in midfield for the defeated visitors. 

 

Weekend action overseas…16/01/2022

 

Sunday
The Premier League continued on Sunday afternoon with Liverpool defeating Brentford by three goals to nil at Anfield to move up to second place on the League Table. Caoimhin Kelleher was unused on the substitute bench for the hosts. Young  Armstrong Oko-Flex was an unused substitute for West Ham United who went down to a three two home defeat by visitors Leeds United.

There was a noon kick-off for the Championship meeting of Hull City and Stoke City which the visitors won by two goals to nil. Sean McLoughlin was in central defence for the defeated  hosts while goalkeeper Jack Bonham started  for the victors.

In the Belgian First Division, Josh Cullen was in action for RSC Anderlecht who were held to a one all draw by visitors Standard Liege.

Saturday
Norwich City climbed off the bottom of the Premier League table with a two one victory over Carrow Road visitors Everton this afternoon. Adam Idah started  and scored the second goal while Seamus Coleman started for the ‘Toffees’ but was withdrawn on 54 minutes. Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated visitors Southampton by three goals to one at Molineaux where Shane Long was an unused substitute for the ‘Saints’.

There were two 12.30pm kick-offs in the Championship with Cardiff City going down to a one nil defeat by  visitors Blackburn Rovers and Luton Town scoring a winning goal in the sixth minute of added time to defeat AFC Bournemouth by three goals to two. Both  James Collins and Mark McGuinness started for the ‘Bluebirds’ with Joel Bagan on the substitute bench while Darragh Lenihan skippered the victors. Mark Travers was in action for the ‘Cherries’ with Gavin Kilkenny unused on the substitute bench. Derby County continued their huge battle against relegation with a two nil victory over visitors Sheffield United. Jason Knight and Festy Ebosele started for the ‘Rams’ while Eiran Cashin was an 83rd minute substitute. John Egan started for the ‘Blades’ with Aston Villa loanee Conor Hourihane a 68th minute replacement for David McGoldrick. Enda Stevens was unused on the substitute bench. Callum O’Dowda and Max O’Leary started for Bristol City who led  twice in the early stages before conceding four goals before the half time break in an eventual six two defeat by hosts Fulham. Ryan Manning was joined in the Swansea City starting eleven by midweek loan signing Cyrus Christie as they played out a one all draw at Huddersfield Town. Michael Obafemi replaced Christie on 68 minutes. Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Aaron Connolly started  for Middlesbrough and was withdrawn on 67 minutes as his side defeated visitors Reading by two goals to one. Club captain Alan Browne scored for Preston North End and was joined in the starting eleven by Greg Cunningham as they were held to a one all draw by visitors Birmingham City for whom 83rd minute substitute Scott Hogan scored  the equaliser three minutes after his introduction. Jimmy Dunne was again in central defence for QPR who maintained their promotion push with a one nil victory over visitors West Bromwich Albion who included Callum Robinson and loanee Jayson Molumby in their starting eleven.

Dennis Cirkin was in League One action for Sunderland who played out a one all draw at Accrington Stanley. Will Keane and James McClean started for Wigan Athletic who secured  a two one victory at Doncaster Rovers with Keane scoring the second goal.  Chiedoze Ogbene was in the Rotherham United  side which went down to a one nil defeat at Fleetwood Town where former Irish international Anthony Pilkington scored  the winner in the 5th minute of added time. Joshua Kayode was a half-time substitute for the defeated ‘Millers’. Anthony Scully and Lincoln City suffered a one nil home defeat by Cambridge United for whom Wes Hoolihan was a 61st minute substitute. The Portsmouth quartet of loanee Gavin Bazunu, Ronan Curtis, Marcus Harness and Sean Raggett  went down to two one defeat by MK Dons at Fratton Park where Warren O’Hora and Peter Kioso  started  for the victors with loanee Troy Parrott an 83rd minute substitute. Daryl Horgan was a 78th minute substitute bench for Wycombe Wanderers who secured a two nil victory over visitors Oxford United and Mark Sykes.

Crystal Palace loanee Jake O’Brien was in League Two action with Swindon Town who secured  a three one victory at Port Vale. Glasgow Celtic loanee Lee O’Connor was in the Tranmere Rovers side which defeated  visitors Rochdale by two goals to nil.

 

 

Midweek action overseas…14/01/2022

 

Friday
Brighton & Hove Albion scored  a late equaliser in their Premier League contest with bitter rivals Crystal Palace on Friday evening. Teenager Evan Ferguson, who impressed in his brief FA Cup substitute appearance against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday last, was an unused  substitute. 

Thursday
The first leg in the second EFL Cup semi-final took place at Anfield on Thursday evening  with Liverpool held to a scoreless draw by visitors Arsenal who were reduced to ten men after just 24 minutes. Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher was named on the substitute bench for the hosts. 

Wednesday
Teenage striker Armstrong Oko-Flex was an unused  substitute for West Ham United  who defeated visitors Norwich City by two goals to nil in the Premier League. Adam Idah started for the ‘Canaries’ but was withdrawn on 75 minutes.

The semi-final second leg in the EFL Cup between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea took place at the London Stadium on Wednesday evening and saw the visiting ‘Blues’ score the only goal for a three nil aggregate victory. Matt Doherty started for the hosts but was withdrawn on 65 minutes. 

Tuesday
Southampton scored a comfortable four one success over visitors Brentford in the Premier League this Tuesday evening at St Mary’s Stadium where Shane Long was an unused  substitute for the victors. 

Wycombe Wanderers introduced Daryl Horgan from their substitute on 73 minutes of their two nil victory at Bolton Wanderers in League One this evening. Tottenham Hotspur loanee Troy Parrott and Peter Kioso were very late substitutes for MK Dons while Warren O’Hora started their one nil victory over visitors and bitter rivals AFC Wimbledon. Defender Dennis Cirkin started for Sunderland with Aiden O’Brien a 65th minute substitute as the ‘Makems’ suffered  a three one defeat by  Lincoln City at the Stadium of Light.

Loan signing from Crystal Palace, Jake O’Brien made his debut for Swindon Town in their three two League Two defeat at Mansfield Town. Aston Villa loanee Tyreik Wright was in the Salford City side while Ipswich Town loanee Corrie Ndaba was an unused substitute as they played out a one all draw with visitors Tranmere Rovers who included Glasgow Celtic loanee Lee O’Connor in their starting eleven.

The last sixteen in the EFL Trophy saw Cambridge United defeat visitors Portsmouth by two goals to one. Wes Hoolihan started for the hosts while Ronan Curtis started for ‘Pompey’ with Marcus Harness and Sean Raggett  introduced  from the bench in the second half.

 

FA Cup Third Round weekend action…09/01/2022


Sunday
The FA Cup continued on Sunday afternoon as Championship side Cardiff City named James Collins and Joel Bagan in their starting eleven with Mark McGuinness on the bench for the visit of fellow Championship outfit Preston North End for whom Greg Cunningham and Sean Maguire started with Alan Browne on the bench. The tie went to extra-time where the hosts scored the winner for a two one victory with Collins providing the assist for the goal. League One Charlton Athletic lost to the only goal from Premier League strugglers Norwich City for whom Adam Idah was an 84th minute substitute at The Valley. Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers secured  a comfortable three nil victory over  Championship visitors Sheffield United who included loanee Conor Hourihane and David McGoldrick in their starting eleven. Caoimhin Kelleher started for Liverpool who progressed  to round four with a four one victory over League One Shrewsbury Town. Matt Doherty was in the Tottenham Hotspur side which overcame  League One Morecambe by three goals to one after the visitors had taken the lead through skipper Anthony O’Connor.

Saturday
There were early kick-off times set for a number of FA Cup third round fixtures this afternoon including the meeting of Championship sides Bristol City, who included Callum O’Dowda and Max O’Leary in their starting eleven, and Fulham at Ashton Gate where the visitors scored  the only goal in extra-time. Premier League Burnley. for whom Kevin Long was an unused substitute, exited the competition following a two one home defeat by Championship club Huddersfield Town. Championship sides Coventry City and Derby County met at the Ricoh Arena where the hosts scored the only goal to progress to round four. Jason Knight and Festy Ebosele started for the visiting ‘Rams’ while Eiran Cashin was an unused substitute. Championship side Millwall included Danny McNamara and Alex Pearce in their side for the visit of Premier League Crystal Palace to the New Den where the visitors came from behind to secure a two one victory.

There are 3pm kick-off times set for  a number of other ties. Premier League Newcastle United name Jeff Hendrick on their substitute bench for the visit of League One Cambridge United (Wes Hoolihan). Championship side Peterborough United have Jack Taylor and Sam Szmodics in their starting eleven for the visit of League One side Bristol Rovers to London Road. Championship outfit QPR and Jimmy Dunne entertain League One leaders Rotherham United for whom Kieran Sadlier starts while Chiedoze Ogbene and Joshua Kayode are included on the bench. Championship West Bromwich Albion and Callum Robinson play host to Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion who have Shane Duffy in their starting eleven while Evan Ferguson is on the substitute bench.  League One Wigan Athletic name Will Keane in their starting eleven with James McClean on the bench for the visit of Championship side Blackburn Rovers and Darragh Lenihan.

Championship side Hull City included Sean McLoughlin in their starting eleven while teenager Jevon Mills was an unused substitute as they suffered a three two extra-time defeat by Premier League visitors Everton who included captain Seamus Coleman in their side. Championship side Swansea City included Ryan Manning and Michael Obafemi in their starting eleven for the visit of Premier League Southampton who progressed  to the fourth round with a Shane Long winner in extra-time. Long was introduced from the bench on 78 minutes and also provided an assist for their second goal in their three two victory. Championship side AFC Bournemouth travelled  to non-league Yeovil Town where they progressed  to the fourth round with a three one victory. Gavin Kilkenny started for the ‘Cherries’ with Robbie Brady a 64th minute substitute while goalkeeper Mark Travers was rested on the substitute bench.

Several League One fixtures took place, with Wycombe Wanderers and Sunderland sharing six goals in a dramatic contest which kicked off at 12.30pm. Daryl Horgan was an added time substitute for the hosts while Dennis Cirkin was in fine form for the the visitors. Accrington Stanley played out a one all draw with visitors MK Dons who included Warren O’Hora, Peter Kioso and Tottenham Hotspur loanee Troy Parrott in their starting eleven. Anthony Scully started and scored for Lincoln City who defeated visitors Oxford United and Mark Sykes by two goals to nil.

 

New Year midweek fixtures…07/01/2022

 

Friday
The opening FA Cup Round Three fixture between League Two Swindon Town and Premier League leaders Manchester City went the way of the visitors at the County Ground on Friday evening by four goals to one. Ireland U21 international  Jake O’Brien, a midweek loan signing from Crystal Palace, was an unused substitute for the ‘Robins’. 

The quest for a quarter-final place in the EFL Trophy went the way of Portsmouth at Exeter City this evening.  Marcus Harness and Sean Raggett started for the victors while Ronan Curtis was introduced from the substitute bench on 63 minutes. Curtis certainly delivered  with two goals in the closing minutes to secure a three two victory. The hosts included Pierce Sweeney in their starting eleven but he was withdrawn at half-time while Padraig Amond was a 71st minute substitute.

The German Bundesliga clash of  Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach saw the visitors come from behind to secure a two one victory. Ireland U21 midfielder Conor Noss was on the victors substitute bench.

Wednesday
The EFL Cup semi-final first leg between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur took place at Stamford Bridge this evening and saw the hosts secure a two nil advantage which does not entirely reflect their dominance. Matt Doherty started in a left wing back position for the visitors but was withdrawn at half-time. 

Tuesday
Some fixtures in the last sixteen in the EFL Trophy took place this Tuesday evening.  Charlton Athletic scored  the only goal to defeat visitors MK Dons who included Warren O’Hora in their starting eleven. Crewe Alexandra suffered defeat by visitors Rotherham United who named Kieran Sadlier in their starting eleven and he scored their first half equaliser. Substitutes Joshua Kayode (62) and Chiedoze Ogbene (78) were introduced and the ‘Millers’ went on to  secure a four two victory. Kayode scored his first senior goal for the club with Ogbene providing the assist. Oldham Athletic suffered  a crushing six nil defeat by visitors Wigan Athletic who included Will Keane in their starting eleven and he  scored as the ‘Latics’ surged into a three nil half time lead. 

Monday
The Championship continued on Monday afternoon with Reading and visitors Derby County playing out a two all draw. The ‘Rams’ recovered from a two goal deficit with the equaliser coming in added time. Jason Knight started with Festy Ebosele a 57th minute substitute. Preston North End, captained by Alan Browne, also came from behind to secure a two one victory at Stoke City where Sean Maguire was an 89th minute substitute for the victors. 

In League One, Cambridge United held promotion chasing visitors Portsmouth to a scoreless draw. Gavin Bazunu, Ronan Curtis, Marcus Harness and Sean Raggett all started for ‘Pompey’.