Shane Duffy was in FA Cup quarter-final action on Saturday evening when his Brighton & Hove Albion, managed by Chris Hughton, went down to a two nil defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Harry Arter was not in the AFC Bournemouth squad for the two one Premier League victory over relegation threatened West Bromwich Albion for whom James McClean was an unused substitute. Ireland captain Seamus Coleman was in the Everton side which secured a two one victory at Stoke City.
Aston Villa, stunned by their midweek home defeat by QPR, journey to Bolton Wanderers for the 5.30pm kick-off in the Championship on Saturday afternoon with Conor Hourihane starting and Scott Hogan on the substitute bench. Brentford had John Egan in their startting eleven with Alan Judge a very late substitute as they played out a one all draw with visitors Middlesbrough and Darren Randolph. Midweek goalscorer Enda Stevens started for Sheffield United who were held to a scoreless draw by visitors Nottingham Forest. John O’Shea started for Sunderland who went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Preston North End, for whom Sean Maguire opened the scoring. Alan Brown also started but Daryl Horgan did not feature in the matchday squad while injury ruled out Greg Cunningham. Another midweek goalscorer, Matt Doherty was in action for Wolverhampton Wanderers who defeated Burton Albion by three goals to one at Molineaux. Liam Kelly scored one and created a second for Reading who went down to a three two defeat at Norwich City.
Following their opening two one victory over Wales at Cefn Druids FC on the 15th February, our U18 Schools International side played out a scoreless draw in their second match in the 2018 Centenary Shield when they travelled to face England at Kenilworth Road, Luton this Friday evening. Ali Regbha of Chanel College, Coolock was named ‘man of the match’.
Match Series Seven in the Airtricity League Premier Division took place this Friday evening with current leaders Cork City journeying to face Munster rivals Limerick in the Markets Field in a contest which ended in a one all draw. Waterford travelled to Oriel Park where Dundalk scored a very late winner to supercede them in second place. Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic went head to head in Tallaght Stadium with the hosts prevailing with the only goal. Derry City played their second match at the refurbished Brandywell and crushed struggling Bray Wanderers by five goals to one. Dalymount Park hosted the meeting of Bohemian and Sligo Rovers which ended in a two all draw.
The Championship slog continued on Tuesday evening with the recent good form shown by Aston Villa coming to a crashing halt as visitors Queens Park Rangers secured a three one victory at Villa Park. Conor Hourihane started for the hosts with Scott Hogan introduced from the bench on sixty seven minutes while injury ruled out Glenn Whelan. U21 midfielder Ryan Manning started and scored after twelve minutes for the visitors. John Egan started for Brentford with Alan Judge a seventy sixth minute substitute as second place Cardiff City came from behind to secure a three one success at Griffin Park. Sheffield United wing back Enda Stevens started and scored on twenty nine minutes as his side defeated Burton Albion by two goals to nil at Bramall Lane while fellow wing back Matt Doherty found the net on forty minutes and again on seventy three minutes for leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers who defeated visitors Reading by three goals to nil.
The Airtricity League Premier Division continued this Monday evening with current leaders Cork City scoring the only goal to defeat Shamrock Rovers in Turner’s Cross while second place Waterford also scored a one nil success over Bohemian in the Regional Sports Centre. St Patrick’s Athletic held Dundalk to a scoreless draw in Richmond Park while Derry City celebrated their return to the refurbished Brandywell with a five nil victory over Limerick with Ronan Hale scoring a hat-trick. The Carlisle Ground meeting of Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers ended in a two one victory for the visitors.