There were two re-scheduled Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures played this Monday evening with bottom side Bray Wanderers holding third place Waterford to a two all draw in the Carlisle Grounds while fourth place Derry City, despite taking an early lead at the Brandywell, went down to a four one defeat by visitors Dundalk who return to the summit of the table.
The second leg of the first Championship semi-final play-off took place at Craven Cottage this Monday evening with Fulham (Cyrus Christie) succeeding in overturning the one nil first leg deficit from Pride Park with a two nil victory over Derby County (Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce).
Ireland exited the 2018 UEFA U17 Championship Finals in controversial circumstances at the quarter-final stage this evening in Chesterfield. Favourites Holland went through on a 5-4 penalty shoot-out scoreline following a one all draw.
Ireland delivered a disciplined defensive performance breached only by a sixty second minute header following a ‘Dutch’ corner. The response was immediate with Troy Parrott equalising two minutes later with a finely crafted goal.
Adam Idah had his disappointing opening penalty in the shoot-out saved comfortably and thereafter both sides converted their four penalties leaving the drama to unfold with the ‘Dutch’ captain seeing his spot kick saved by goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran. However the Cherry Orchard man, who is bound for Preston North End, did move off his line and the kick was required to be retaken. The referee then chose to issue a yellow card to Corcoran which given he had been cautioned in normal time resulted in his dismissal.
Newcastle United defender Oisin McEntee donned the goalkeeper shirt but was unable to save the re-taken penalty which ended our interest in the competition. Corcoran’s caution and dismissal seemed disproportionate to the movement offence and Head Coach Colin O’Brien was joined on the pitch at the end by senior manager Martin O’Neill with both clearly furious with the referee.
Ireland will take on favourites Holland at the quarter-final stage of the 2018 UEFA U17 Championship at 7pm on Monday evening in the Chesterfield FC Stadium. The match will be shown live in Ireland on RTE 2 and online at RTE Player while UEFA.Com will also provide international coverage.
The 2018 Premier League concluded on Sunday afternoon with the final champions League and relegation spot defined. Liverpool crushed visitors Brighton & Hove Albion (Shane Duffy) to secure the champions league spot while a one nil defeat for Southampton (Shane Long) at home to Manchester City did not matter as Swansea City went down to a two one defeat at home to already relegated Stoke City to join them in the Championship next season. Burnley (Stephen Ward, Kevin Long, Jeff Hendrick) went down to a two one defeat at home to AFC Bournemouth while West Ham United (Declan Rice) defeated Everton (Seamus Coleman) by three goals to one.
The first leg of the second Championship semi-final play-off was played at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon with fifth place Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph) going down to the only goal for fourth place Aston Villa (Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Glenn Whelan).
Current Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Cork City made the lengthy journey to face fourth place Derry City in the Brandywell on Friday evening and secured a point with a scoreless draw. Second place Dundalk narrowed the gap to one point with a two one victory over Sligo Rovers in Oriel Park. Third place Waterford played out a one all draw with hosts Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium with the Carlisle Grounds meeting of Bray Wanderers and Bohemian going the way of the visitors by three goals to one. St Patrick’s Athletic scored the only goal to defeat hosts Limerick in the Markets Field.