Pre International weekend action…29/08/2021


There was further Premier League action on Sunday afternoon with Burnley and Leeds United playing out a one all draw at Turf Moor where  Nathan Collins  was an unused substitute for the hosts. Matt Doherty was also an used substitute for  Tottenham Hotspur who scored the only goal to defeat visitors Watford at their London Stadium. 

The Scottish Premiership meeting of St Mirren and St Johnstone with  Jamie McGrath in action with the hosts ended in a scoreless draw.

The Belgian Premier League saw RSC Anderlecht and Josh Cullen visit KRC Genk  where they went down to a one nil defeat in a rather fractious encounter.

Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane, who completed  the full 90 minutes in their midweek EFL Cup success, was an unused substitute in their one all Premier League draw with newly promoted Brentford at Villa Park. Shane Duffy started while Aaron Connolly was an unused substitute for Brighton & Hove Albion who went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Everton and Seamus Coleman at the AMEX Stadium. Ciaran Clark, who was not included in the Ireland squad announced by Stephen Kenny, and Jeff Hendrick were unused substitutes for Newcastle United who played out a two all draw with visitors Southampton for whom Shane Long was not in the matchday squad. Adam Idah was a 79th minute substitute for Norwich City while Andrew Omobamidele was unused in their two one defeat by visitors Leicester City. Ireland U21 captain Conor Coventry was an unused substitute for West Ham United who played out a two all draw with visitors Crystal Palace.

There was a 12.30pm kick-off for the Championship clash of Cardiff City and Bristol City with the visitors prevailing by two goals to one. First time Ireland U21 call-up, left back Joel Bagan was in the starting eleven while  James Collins was a 73rd minute substitute with defender Mark McGuinness  confined to the substitute bench for the hosts.  U21 midfielder Louie Watson remained on the Derby County substitute bench for their one all draw with visitors Nottingham Forest. Mark Travers was absent from the AFC Bournemouth matchday squad while U21 midfielder Gavin Kilkenny was confined  to the substitute bench for their scoreless draw at  Hull City. John Egan and Sheffield United also played out a scoreless draw at Luton Town while Ryan Manning and Swansea City went down to a three one defeat at Preston North End. There was an unusual 8pm kick-off time for the meeting of Peterborough United and West Bromwich Albion who included Dara O’Shea in their starting eleven as they scored the only goal in the fourth minute of added time. The ‘Posh’ included the Ireland eligible goalkeeper Christy Pym and midfielder Sammy Szmodics in their starting eleven while Jack Taylor returned after his injury absence and entered the fray at half-time. All three showed promise.

MK Dons included Troy Parrott in their starting eleven for their two nil League One victory over visitors Accrington Stanley. Daryl Horgan was in the Wycombe Wanderers side which went down to a three one defeat at Sunderland. James McClean was a 54th minute substitute for Wigan Athletic in their one nil victory over  visitors Portsmouth who included Gavin Bazunu and Ronan Curtis in their side.