The East Anglian Championship meeting of Norwich City and Ipswich Town ended in a one all draw at Carrow Road early on Sunday afternoon. Mick McCarthys ‘Tractor Boys’ had Stephen Gleeson in their starting eleven with David McGoldrick a sixty second minute substitute. Leeds United included Eunan O’Kane in their starting eleven for the visit of Bristol City who were still without the injured Callum O’Dowda. The visitors took an early two goal lead but reminiscent of losing a three goal advantage at home to Sunderland last week, they conceded two second half goals for another draw.
A crowd of 3,056 attended the Showgrounds on Saturday evening where visitors Limerick scored the only goal to defeat hosts Sligo Rovers in the one remaining contest in Series One of the 2018 Airtricity League season.
The fifth round of the FA Cup continued on Saturday afternoon with Shane Duffy rested as Brighton & Hove Albion defeated League Two side Coventry City by three goals to one at the Amex Stadium. The visiting ‘Sky Blues’ included Ireland U19 striker Josh Barrett, currently on loan from Reading, in their starting eleven. The clash of Premier Leagues sides West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at the Hawthorns saw James McClean start for the hosts but Shane Long failed a late fitness test and was ruled out, but his club secured a two one away victory.
Fulham, for whom recent transfer window signing Cyrus Christie has yet to make his debut, welcomed the Aston Villa trio of Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan and Glenn Whelan to Craven Cottage in the Championship on Saturday afternoon and duly defeated them by two goals to nil. Preston North End were without the suspended Greg Cunningham for the visit of current leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers and Matt Doherty but Alan Browne scored the goal which earned them a point in aone all draw. Daryl Horgan was introduced from the bench on seventy minutes. Sunderland duo John O’Shea and Aiden McGeady were in the side which went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Brentford for whom John Egan started while Alan Judge was a late substitute.
The 2018 Airtricity Leagues season commenced this Friday evening with defending champions Cork City getting off to a flying start with a three two victory at St Patrick’s Athletic, while Dundalk were held to a scoreless draw by Bray Wanderers in Oriel Park. The RTE 2 cameras brought live action from Dalymount Park where bitter Dublin rivals Bohemian and Shamrock Rovers went head to head with the hosts coming from behind to secure a three one victory. Promoted First Division champions Waterford welcomed Derry City to the RSC for their opening Premier Division challenge and emerged victorious by two goals to one.
There were two Premier League versus Championship FA Cup fifth round ties played on Friday evening. Leicester City scored the only goal to defeat Sheffield United who included Enda Stevens and Samir Carriuhers in their starting eleven while Chelsea crushed visitors Hull City, for whom David Meyler started at right back, by four goals to nil.
Our Ireland Schools side commenced their 2018 Centenary Shield campaign with a two one victory over Wales at Cefn Druids FC this Thursday evening. Goals from captain Cian Murphy and Daryl Walsh secured the deserved success. Certain some of our Club members might consider a trip to Kenilworth Stadium, the home of Luton Town FC when Ireland will next be in action against England on Friday the 16th March 2018 at 7pm.