There were three Airtricity League Premier Division contests played on Monday evening. Shamrock Rovers crushed visitors Bray Wanderers by six goals to nil in Tallaght Stadium while the RSC saw hosts Waterford defeat St Patricks Athletic by two goals to nil. Sligo Rovers were defeated by four goals to one in the Showgrounds by defending champions Cork City, the only side with maximum points after the first two sets of league fixtures.
Shane Duffy was in central defence for Chris Hughtons Brighton & Hove Albion as they secured a four one Premier League success over visitors Swansea City this Saturday afternoon. Burnley included Stephen Ward, Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long in their side for the one all draw with Southanpton at Turf Moor. Declan Rice was a very late West Ham United substitute in their four one defeat at Liverpool while James McClean was substituted on fifty seven minutes as his West Bromwich Albion slipped further into the relegation mire with a two one home defeat by Huddersfield Town.
Fulham continued their Championship promotion challenge with a two nil victory over current leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at Craven Cottage this afternoon. Cyrus Christie was an unused substitute for the victors while Matt Doherty was in his customery wing back position for the visitors. Eunan O’Kane was in midfield action for Leeds United who scored the only goal to defeat visitors Brentford at Elland Road where John Egan started with Alan Judge again a late substitute. Alan Browne and Greg Cunningham started and Daryl Horgan was a late substitute for Preston North End who surprisingly lost at home to the only goal from visitors Ipswich Town. Liam Kelly scored an early goal for Reading as did Richard Keogh for their visitors Derby County as the sides played out a three all draw at the Madejski Stadium. The Stadium of Light also hosted a three all draw between hosts Sunderland for whom John O’Shea started with Aiden McGeady a late substitute and Middlesbrough who had Darren Randolph on goalkeepng duty. The Aston Villa trio of Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan and Glenn Whelan all started at Sheffield Wednesday with Hourihane and Whelan both scoring as their side ran out four two victors.
Fixture Series Two in the 2018 Airtricity League Premier Division commenced on Friday evening with Bray Wanderers losing by two goals to one against St Patrick’s Athletic in the Carlisle Grounds while down on the South coast, defending champions Cork City secured a two nil victory over newly promoted Waterford in Turners Cross.
In the North West, Sligo Rovers defeated visitors Derry City by two goals to one in the Showgrounds while Tallaght Stadium hosted a scoreless draw between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk. The Markets Field hosted the one all draw between Limerick and Bohemian on Saturday evening.
The First Division also commenced on Friday evening with Cabinteely losing to the only goal from Wexford at Stradbrook. Galway United commenced their campaign with a four one defeat of Athlone Town in Eamonn Deacy Park while The Bowl hosted the two one seccess of UCD over visitors Shelbourne. The Saturday evening contest between Longford Town and Cobh Ramblers ended in a two all draw.
Following their scoreless draw on Tuesday evening, Head Coach Jim Crawford saw his home based Ireland U18 side go down to a two nil defeat by Wales in the John Coughlan Memorial Cup second leg on Thursday afternoon.
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The endurance test which is the Championship continued on Wednesday evening with several promotion hopefuls in action in the four scheduled contests. Bristol City, for whom Callum O’Dowda remains on the injured list, secured a one all draw with in form visitors Fulham, for whom Cyrus Christie made his debut. Derby County, skippered by Richard Keogh, squandered a two goal lead as visitors Leeds United recovered to earn a two all draw. Leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers had Matt Doherty in their starting eleven for the two all draw with visitors Norwich City.
Head Coach Jim Crawford saw his home based U18 side held to a scoreless draw by Wales in the first leg of the John Coughlan Memorial Cup played at Tramore FC, Waterford this evening. The destination of the trophy will be decided at 3pm on Thursday afternoon in the second leg at Tramore FC.
Republic of Ireland Under 18s Team Page