While the East Coast fixtures fell foul of the weather, regions further West and South were able to provide Airtricity League action today. Premier Division leaders Cork City defeated Bohemian by three goals to nil in Turner’s Cross to extend their lead to four points while Limerick went down to the only goal for Shamrock Rovers in the Markets Field.. The First Division meeting of Athlone Town and Cabinteely ended in a two one victory for the visitors. The EA Sports Cup tie between Galway United and Cockhill Celtic FC ended in a one nil success for the hosts in Eamonn Deacy Park.
Colin Doyle with one cap, the senior goalkeeper in the Irish squad this week, was in League One action for his club Bradford City who went down to a two nil defeat at Doncaster Rovers this Monday evening. Fellow goalkeeper Ian Lawlor has recently lost the number one spot at Doncaster while Preston North End loanee Andy Boyle also seems to be out of favour at the moment. Eighteen year old defender Shane Blaney, signed from Finn Harps in January, is also on the Doncaster books.
Former Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook saw his League One side Wigan Athletic exit the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage this afternoon with a two nil defeat by Southampton at the DW Stadium. Shane Long received a ten minute cameo appearance at the end of the contest.
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has announced his revised twenty five man squad for the friendly international against Turkey in Antalya on Friday the 23rd March 2018. The five players, Kieran O’Hara, Declan Rice, Enda Stevens, Daragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams named in his preliminary squad for the first time remain as do the uncapped duo of Matt Doherty and Scott Hogan with goalkeeper Aaron McCarey a late addition following the injury withdrawal of Rob Elliot and Keiren Westwood. Injury also rules out Greg Cunningham. The other omissions from the initial thirty man squad are Harry Arter, John Egan and Liam Kelly.
Shane Duffy was in FA Cup quarter-final action on Saturday evening when his Brighton & Hove Albion, managed by Chris Hughton, went down to a two nil defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Harry Arter was not in the AFC Bournemouth squad for the two one Premier League victory over relegation threatened West Bromwich Albion for whom James McClean was an unused substitute. Ireland captain Seamus Coleman was in the Everton side which secured a two one victory at Stoke City.
Aston Villa, stunned by their midweek home defeat by QPR, journey to Bolton Wanderers for the 5.30pm kick-off in the Championship on Saturday afternoon with Conor Hourihane starting and Scott Hogan on the substitute bench. Brentford had John Egan in their startting eleven with Alan Judge a very late substitute as they played out a one all draw with visitors Middlesbrough and Darren Randolph. Midweek goalscorer Enda Stevens started for Sheffield United who were held to a scoreless draw by visitors Nottingham Forest. John O’Shea started for Sunderland who went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Preston North End, for whom Sean Maguire opened the scoring. Alan Brown also started but Daryl Horgan did not feature in the matchday squad while injury ruled out Greg Cunningham. Another midweek goalscorer, Matt Doherty was in action for Wolverhampton Wanderers who defeated Burton Albion by three goals to one at Molineaux. Liam Kelly scored one and created a second for Reading who went down to a three two defeat at Norwich City.