Surprise packet Millwall, with Aiden O’Brien and Shaun Williams in their ranks, have played their way into the Championship play-off positions with an incredible run over the past three months and collected another point with a one all draw at Sheffield United who had Enda Stevens in their starting eleven for this afternoon’s early kick-off. Middlesbrough and Darren Randolph defeated visitors Bristol City and late substitute Callum O’Dowda by two goals to one while Ryan Manning and his QPR colleagues went down to a two one defeat by visitors Preston North End who had Greg Cunningham and Alan Browne in their starting eleven. Reading and Liam Kelly, who converted an early penalty, are just above the relegation zone and they were held to a two all draw by the seemingly doomed Sunderland who included Aiden McGeady and Marc Wilson in their starting eleven.
Shane Long, who scored in a fine performance against Arsenal on Sunday last, was an injury doubt for Southampton but completed another ninety minutes and took quite a battering as his side squandered a two goal lead and lost by three goals to two against visitors Chelsea in the Premier League in this afternoon’s early kick-off. The Burnley duo of Stephen Ward and Kevin Long started with Long scoring in their two one victory over visitors Leicester City while Jeff Hendrick was a late substitute for the Turf Moor hosts. Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues went down to a three two defeat at Crystal Palace while Seamus Coleman and his Everton colleagues played out a one all draw at Swansea City.
Match Series Eleven in the Airtricity League Premier Division commenced this Friday evening with current leaders Dundalk earning a two nil success at basement side Bray Wanderers while Cork City moved into second place with their one nil defeat of St Patrick’s Athleic in Turner’s Cross. Waterford made the lengthy journey to take on Derry City in the Brandywell where they went down to a onenil defeat. Eir Sport brought live action from Tallaght Stadium where old Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers and Bohemian went head to head, with the visiting ‘Gypsies’ emerging victorious by two goals to one, with the winner coming in the ninth minute of added time. The remaining contest between struggling sides Limerick and Sligo Rovers took place in the Markets Field on Saturday evening and saw the visitors prevail by two goals to one.
The Championship run-in continued on Friday evening with Aston Villa ensuring at least a play-off place following their one nil home victory over Leeds United. Glenn Whelan started with Scott Hogan a late substitute for the victors while young centre back Paudie O’Connor started his third successive first team match for the visitors.
Rep. of Ireland U18 Schools International side lifted the 2018 Centenary Shield with a three one victory over Scotland at Home Farm FC this Thursday afternoon. First half goals from Ali Regbha, Liam Kerrigan and Regbha again set the seal on a well deserved victory.
Wolverhampton Wanderers continued their journey to the Championship Title when they comfortably defeated fifth place Derby County by two goals to nil at Molineaux on Wednesday evening. Matt Doherty, who made his Ireland debut in Turkey last month, was in his usual wing back position for the hosts while Alex Pearce, who has recently superceded club captain Richard Keogh in the ‘Rams’ central defence, remained in situ.
Rep. of Ireland Senior Women, guided by Head Coach Colin Bell, faced an enormous challenge when European Champions Holland entered Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday evening for a 2019 World Cup qualifier. Ireland had produced a magnificent defensive performance in Nijmegen when they held their Dutch hosts to a scoreless draw in the away contest but tonight with an injury and illness depleted squad, Bell’s charges found the challenge a bridge too far as they went down to a two nil defeat.