Ireland completed their 2018 UEFA U17 Championship Group C contests with a two nil victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina in St Georges Park on Friday afternoon to go through to the knock-out quarter-final stage where Holland await on Monday evening. Troy Parrott was again the hero, scoring the opening settler from a free kick on sixty nine minutes and then providing the added time assist to get Adam Idah off the mark at these finals.
The three remaining 2018 EA Sports Cup quarter-finals were completed this Tuesday evening with Dundalk defeating Bohemian by three goals to nil at Oriel Park while Sligo Rovers scored the only goal to eliminate Waterford in the Showgrounds. The all First Division clash of Cobh Ramblers and Longford Town ended in a two nil victory for the hosts in St Colman’s Park.
Survival in the Premier League was on the line when Swansea City took on Southampton and Shane Long at the Liberty Stadium this Tuesday evening. A late second half goal from substitute Gabbiadiani secured victory for the visiting ‘Saints’ with fellow substitute Long a major influence in the positive outcome for his side.
Following the disappointment of their opening defeat by Belgium, our U17 side faced a seminal challenge where victory was essential and achieved with a one nil success over Denmark at St George’s Park on Tuesday afternoon in their second Group C contest of the 2018 UEFA U17 Championship finals. A fifth minute strike from Tottenham Hotspur youngster Troy Parrott settled early nerves as Ireland dominated the first half.
The second period proved more fraught with the Danes pressing for the equaliser, however Ireland should have eased their tension with two excellent chances squandered. Bolton Wanderers youngster Luca Connell, introduced today at left back, caught the eye with an impressive display in front of the watching senior management duo of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. First round victors Belgium and Bosnia & Herzegovina are curently in action at Rotherham United FC with Belgium holding a two nil half-time advantage.
The first quarter-final in the 2018 EA Sports Cup took place in the Brandywell on Monday evening with Premier Division Derry City crushing First Division Shelbourne by seven goals to three.
The results of Saturday afternoon ensured that Burnley would finish seventh in the Premier League and participate in next season’s UEFA Europa League. Their visit to the Emirates Stadium for the home swansong of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Sunday afternoon provided a rude awakening as they were thrashed five goals to nil by their hosts. The Irish trio of Kevin Long, Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick all completed ninety forgetable minutes for the ‘Clarets’.
The final series of league fixtures in the 2018 Championship regular season took place early on Sunday afternoon with Cardiff City (Anthony Pilkington) securing second place and promotion in a scoreless draw with visitors Reading (Liam Kelly, Paul McShane).
The play-offs for the third promotion place will be contested by third place Fulham (Cyrus Christie) who went down to a three one defeat at Birmingham City, fourth place Aston Villa (Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan, Glenn Whelan), who lost to the only goal, a Shaun Williams penalty, at Millwall (Aiden O’Brien, Shaun Williams), fifth place Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph) who drew two all at Ipswich Town and sixth place Derby County (Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce), four one victors over Barnsley who have been relegated alongside Burton Albion who went down to a two one defeat at Preston North End (Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne, Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson) with new Ireland declaree Robinson scoring the opening goal.