The Championship journey continued on Tuesday evening with Aston Villa, who had Conor Hourihane in their starting eleven and Glenn Whelan an unused substitute, securing a two nil success over visitors Rotherham United for whom Ryan Manning and Richie Towell both started while Anthony Forde was a late substitute. Derby County and Richard Keogh played out a scoreless draw with visitors Blackburn Rovers for whom Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams were both in defensive action. Current table toppers Leeds United defeated Preston North End by three goals to nil at Elland Road where Alan Browne and Callum Robinson started for the visitors but Graham Burke remained on the substitute bench. West Bromwich Albion, for whom Wes Hoolihan was a seventy fourth minute substitute, defeated visitors Bristol City and Callum O’Dowda by four goals to two at the Hawthorns.
The Premier League continued on Monday evening with the South Coast derby meeting of Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion ending in a two all draw. Shane Long started for the ‘Saints’ and faced Shane Duffy in his central defensive role for the visiting ‘Seagulls’. The hosts saw a two goal lead evaporate with Duffy first reducing the arrears and then earning an added time penalty which was converted for the equalising goal.
Ireland U17 Head Coach Colin O’Brien has named his new squad for the upcoming double header against Turkey this week. The sides will meet in Tallaght Stadium at 7pm on Tuesday evening and again in the same venue at 1pm on Thursday afternoon. With Ireland set to host the European Championship Finals in May 2019 there will now be a lengthy preparation journey with a series of friendly internationals from which the squad to contest the finals tournament will emerge.
Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Shamrock Rovers), Jimmy Corcoran (Preston North End)
Defenders: Thomas Considine (Bohemian, Zak Delaney (West Bromwich Albion), Alex Dunne (Shamrock Rovers), Jack Funge (Bohemian), James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers), Cian Kelly (Shamrock Rovers),
Midfielders: Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Kyle Conway (St Patrick’s Athletic), Brandon Holt (St Patrick’s Athletic), Seamus Keogh (Southampton), Timi Sobowale (Manchester City), Luke Turner (Aberdeen)
Forwards: Darragh Burns (St Patrick’s Athletic), Festy Ebosele (Derby County), Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), Leo Gaxha (Sheffield United), Joshua Giurgi (Norwich City)
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Derry City have won the first trophy of the 2018 Irish domestic season with a three one victory over First Division side Cobh Ramblers in the EA Sports Cup final played in the Brandywell this afternoon.
There was more Premier League action on Sunday afternoon with Matt Doherty earning the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his wing back performance for Wolverhampton Wanderers in their one nil victory over visitors Burnley who included Jeff Hendrick in their starting eleven with Kevin Long and Stephen Ward unused substitutes. Later in the afternoon the currently ‘undecided’ Declan Rice was impressive in the holding midfield role for West Ham United who defeated Everton by three goals to one at Goodison Park.
There was very little Irish involvement in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Harry Arter started for Cardiff City in their four one defeat at Chelsea but was withdrawn at half-time with a stomach upset while Greg Cunningham was an unused substitute. Cyrus Christie completed the full ninety minutes for Fulham in their three nil defeat at Manchester City while Ciaran Clark was a half-time substitute for Newcastle United who went down to a two one defeat by visitors Arsenal at St James Park, with Clark scoring the ‘Magpies’ goal in added time.