Overseas midweek action…30/04/2021


Young Will Ferry was an unused substitute for Southampton who played out a one all Premier League draw with visitors Leicester City at St Mary’s Stadium this Friday evening despite being reduced to ten men following the dismissal of centre back Vestergaard after just 10 minutes.  Michael Obafemi, who has returned to training following his lengthy injury absence, was not included in the matchday squad.

Glasgow Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi was an unused substitute for Dundee who secured a two nil success at  Queen of the South in the Scottish Championship on Friday evening. Also in action was Aaron McEneff  for Heart of Midlothian who defeated hosts Raith Rovers by four goals to nil.

Queens Park, who won at Stirling Albion on Tuesday evening,  were again in Scottish League Two action when they defeated visitors Edinburgh City by two goals to nil this Thursday evening.  Glasgow Celtic loanee Luca Connell was again in midfield action for the hosts and scored  the second goal. 

Chiedozie Ogbene started for Rotherham United who went down to a one nil defeat by hosts Brentford  in the Championship with Ogbene  withdrawn on 76 minutes.

Senior international Ronan Curtis and recent declaree Marcus Harness were in League One action with promotion chasing Portsmouth who recovered from a two goal deficit to level matters at Accrington Stanley and then took the lead before their hosts equalised in the seventh minutes of added time for a three all draw.  Also on the road were Brian Barry Murphy‘s Rochdale who journied to AFC Wimbledon.  The ‘Dale’ named Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu on their substitute bench while Conor Grant, Eoghan O’Connell,  Jimmy Keohane and Conor Shaughnessy all started.  The ‘Dale’ took a two goal lead but were pegged back before Keohane scored to restore the lead but the hosts came up with a late equaliser.  Midfielder Jack Taylor and his promotion chasing Peterborough United colleagues took a two goal London Road lead against visitors Doncaster Rovers but the visitors fought back to level matters.  Anthony Scully was introduced from the substitute bench  for Lincoln City on 33 minutes at Shrewsbury Town where they prevailed by one goal to nil.  Goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara was restored  to the Burton Albion starting eleven  and they crushed visitors Fleetwood Town by five goals to two.

U21 striker Joshua Kayode, on loan from Rotherham United,  and his Carlisle United colleagues travelled to face leaders Cheltenham Town in League Two where Kayode gave the visitors the lead on 33 minutes but the hosts equalised to share the points .

Queens Park included Glasgow Celtic loanee Luca Connell in their starting eleven for the Scottish League Two visit to Stirling Albion. Connell  provided  the assist for the second goal as his side prevailed by two goals to one.

FA Cup finalists Leicester City came from behind  to defeat Crystal Palace by two goals to one in the Premier League this Monday evening  to consolidate their third place position. The visiting ‘Eagles’ introduced the fit again James McCarthy from their substitute bench on 83 minutes.

The Rugby Park meeting of Kilmarnock and St Mirren in the Scottish Cup Quarter-Final had the feel of an Irish convention. The visiting ‘Buddies’ progressed to a semi-final meeting with St Johnstone with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out success after the sides shared six goals after extra-time. The hosts included Colin Doyle and Alan Power in their starting eleven with Gary Dicker introduced from the substitute bench on 90 minutes while Danny Rogers and Callum Waters were unused substitutes. The visitors,  managed by Jim Goodwin,  named  Jamie McGrath, Conor McCarthyJoe Shaughnessy and Jake Doyle-Hayes in their starting eleven. McGrath provided the assists for the first two St Mirren goals, one of which was scored by Shaughnessy and scored the third himself from the penalty spot in the final minute of extra-time.  McGrath then converted his shoot out penalty as did  Shaughnessy while Dicker converted for Kilmarnock .