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.
Harry Arter, recently out of favour at his club AFC Bournemouth for tactical reasons according to manager Eddie Howe, was recalled to the bench for the four one defeat by visitors Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this Sunday afternoon. The City Ground hosted a scoreless draw in the Championship meeting of East Midland rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby County, which saw retired international striker Daryl Murphy offered just a few substitute minutes in direct opposition to visiting captain Richard Keogh who was not selected in the preliminary international squad announced by Martin O’Neill on Thursday. Somewhat surprisingly his club colleague Alex Pearce, who has only played three senior club matches all season, was named in that initial squad.
Ireland defenders Seamus Coleman and Shane Duffy were in opposition when their clubs, Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion, met at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, where the hosts prevailed by two goals to nil. Another Ireland duo, Ciaran Clark and Rob Elliot have seen little recent action for their club Newcastle United and that continued this afternoon as their club defeated Southampton by three goals to nil at St James Park, where Shane Long was a second half substitute for the visitors. Declan Rice and Josh Cullen were unused substitutes for West Ham United who went down to a three nil defeat by visitors Burnley who included Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward in their starting eleven at the London Stadium while Kevin Kong was an unused substitute.
Much interest focussed on the late Saturday afternoon Championship kick-off between Midland rivals Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers, which saw the hosts emerge victorious by four goals to one. Conor Hourihane started for Villa with Scott Hogan introduced for the final nine minutes while Glenn Whelan missed out through injury. Matt Doherty was in his regular wing back position for Wolves. Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne and Sean Maguire started for Preston North End while Daryl Horgan was an unused substitute in their two one defeat by high flying visitors Fulham for whom Cyrus Christie was a sixty seventh minute substitute. Maguire was again on the scoresheet with the Preston goal. Enda Stevens was in action for Sheffield United who played out a scoreless draw at Ipswich Town. The two all draw at the Madejski Stadium between Reading and Leeds United saw midfielders Liam Kelly and Eunan O’Kane in direct opposition.
Following last weekend’s weather enforced break, the Airtricity League Premier Division resumed this Friday evening with the Oriel Park meeting of Dundalk and Cork City topping the bill. The match was shown live on EIR Sport and in a fraught affair, the hosts prevailed by one goal to nil to close the gap to just one point behind the leaders. Bohemian went down to a one nil defeat to Dublin rivals St Patrick’s Athletic in Dalymount Park while further south, Tallaght Stadium saw Shamrock Rovers crush Derry City by six goals to one with Graham Burke scoring a quartet. The Markets Field witnessed Limerick score the only goal to defeat visitors Bray Wanderers while Sligo Rovers, playing their fourth straight home match, suffered a two one defeat by second place Waterford in the Showgrounds.