The Championship continued on Wednesday evening with the Elland Road meeting of Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers. The visitors ran out comfortable three nil victors to restore their six point lead at the summit of the league table. Matt Doherty was in his season long wing back position for the victors while Eunan O’Kane was an unused substitiute for the hosts.
Rep. of Ireland U15 side, with Head Coach Jason Donohue at the helm, secured a two nil victory over Cyprus in the first of two friendly contests, played this Tuesday evening in Oriel Park. Second half goals from Anselmo Garcia McNulty of Real Betis and Oran Crowe of Cork City proved decisive on the night. The second encounter is set for the AUL Complex on Thursday afternoon at 1pm.
Republic of Ireland: Patrick McGarvey; Gavin O’Brien (capt), Anselmo Garcia MacNulty, CJ Egan-Riley, Ronan Kilkenny; Ben McCormack, Evan Caffrey, Bosun Lawal, Val Adedokun; Calum Kavanagh, Louie Barry.
Subs Used: Oran Crowe, Sami Clarke, Kailin Barlow.
The Championship continued on Tuesday evening with international hopeful John Egan in the Brentford side which secured a two nil success at Burton Albion but Alan Judge was not in the matchday squad. Cyrus Christie was on the Fulham bench for their three nil defeat of visitors Sheffield United whose Enda Stevens is another hopeful of an international call. Preston North End duo Greg Cunningham and Alan Browne started with Brown opening the scoring for the hosts while Sean Maguire was introduced from the bench to score the winner in their two one victory over visitors Bristol City for whom Callum O’Dowda remains on the injury list. Reading midfielder Liam Kelly is another candidate for the senior squad and his club played out a one all draw with visitors Bolton Wanderers. International veterans John O’Shea and Aiden McGeady started for Sunderland who went down to a three nil defeat by visitors Aston Villa for whom Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan and Glenn Whelan all started. O’Shea on forty five minutes and Whelan on sixty minutes were forced off through injury.
Manager Martin O’Neill is set to unveil his extended Ireland squad, for the upcoming friendly international in Turkey, on Thursday afternoon. It is anticipated that there will be some new names following the retirement of Wes Hoolihan and Daryl Murphy coupled with the injury absence of Robbie Brady, James McCarthy and David McGoldrick. Injury doubts also surround Keiren Westwood and Callum O’Dowda. Certain Irish media sources suggest that U21 stars Declan Rice and Josh Cullen will be included in the squad which, while welcome in normal circumstance, could prove a blow to U21 Head Coach Noel King whose side have a competitive UEFA Qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday the 27th March in Tallaght Stadium. The three day interval between the fixtures does provide hope that the pair, should they travel to Ankara, could link up with the U21 squad thereafter.
Our U15 side, with Head Coach Jason Donohue at the helm, is set to take on Cyprus in two friendly contests this week. Oriel Park will host the first meeting at 7pm on Tuesday evening with the second encounter set for the AUL Complex on Thursday afternoon at 1pm.
Shane Duffy was in his regular centre back position for Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion when they defeated visitors Arsenal by two goals to one in the Premier League this afternoon. Also in action were former U21 defenders Daragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams who both started for current League One leaders Blackburn Rovers who were held to a two all draw by third place Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park. In charge of the ‘Latics’ of course is former Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook and while trailing the leaders by six points, his side do have four matches in hand. The fixture backlog arises from their FA Cup exploits including the fifth round defeat of Manchester City and they will host Southampton in the quarter-finals in two weeks time.
Burnley had Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick in their starting eleven with Kevin Long, on the bench for the early Premier League contest with Everton, who had Seamus Coleman in their starting eleven at Turf Moor. The ‘Clarets’ recovered from a half time deficit to secure a deserved two one victory.Declan Rice started for West Ham United with Josh Cullen on the bench as they crashed to a four one defeat at Swansea City while James McClean was a late substitute for West Bromwich Albion in their one nil defeat at Watford. Shane Long was also a late substitute for Southampton who played out a scoreless draw with visitors Stoke City. Ciaran Clark is on the Newcastle United bench in the late kick-off at Liverpool.