Weekend Cup and League action overseas…06/02/2022


The FA Cup fourth round continued at noon on Sunday with Liverpool and Caoimhin Kelleher defeating Cardiff City and their trio of Mark McGuinness, James Collins and Joel Bagan by three goals to one at Anfield. Kelleher was rather fortunate to only receive a yellow card when committing  a foul after a rash dash from his penalty area. The late kick-off in the final round four contest produced the shock of the round with non-league Boreham Wood going through to face Everton in round five with a one nil victory at AFC Bournemouth who included Gavin Kilkenny in their side with Mark Travers an unused substitute.

New Scottish Premiership leaders Glasgow Celtic maintained  their position at the summit with a four nil victory at Motherwell where James McCarthy was an unused substitute. Jake Carroll started and was replaced  at half-time by recent signing Ross Tierney for the hosts.

RSC Anderlecht included Josh Cullen in their side for their four one Belgian First Division victory over visitors KAS Eupen late this afternoon.

Relegation threatened duo Burnley and Watford played out a scoreless draw at Turf Moor in the Premier League early on Saturday evening. The host ‘Clarets’ included Nathan Collins and Kevin Long on their substitute bench.

The FA Cup fourth round continued on Saturday afternoon with Peterborough United defeating visitors QPR by two goals to nil. Sam Szmodics was a half time substitute for the victors as was deadline day loan signing Jeff Hendrick fir the visitors while Jimmy Dunne started in defence. Shane Long was in the Southampton side which came from behind to secure a two one extra-time victory over Coventry City. League One Wigan Athletic included deadline day signing Jamie McGrath in their starting eleven for their two nil defeat at Stoke City.  Norwich City included Adam Idah in their starting eleven for their shock one nil victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers. There was an 8pm kick-off for the meeting of Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion which saw the hosts emerge victorious by three goals to one. Matt Doherty was an 87th minute substitute for the victors while  Evan Ferguson  was introduced on 79 minutes by the visitors while Shane Duffy was unused on their substitute bench.

The Scottish Premiership saw Hibernian and Jake Doyle-Hayes go down to a one nil defeat by visitors St Mirren for whom Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Connor Ronan scored  the winning goal.  St Johnstone included recent signing Dan Cleary in their starting eleven for their scoreless draw with visitors Dundee United while fellow newcomer John Mahon was an unused  substitute.

Bristol City duo Callum O’Dowda and Max O’Leary were in Championship action at  Blackpool where they suffered a three one defeat.  Sean McLoughlin was in action for Hull City who went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Preston North End for whom  Alan Browne and Greg Cunningham were in action. The late kick-off saw Swansea City defeat visitors Blackburn Rovers with the only goal scored by Michael Obafemi on 16 minutes. Ryan Manning and Fulham loanee Cyrus Christie also started with Manning dismissed on 53 minutes following a second bookable offence. Darragh Lenihan captained  the defeated visitors.

There was League One action with MK Dons defeating visitors Lincoln City by two goals to one. Warren O’Hora together with loanees Conor Coventry and Troy Parrott started for the hosts with O’Hora scoring the winning goal. Anthony Scully was in action for the visitors.  Mark Sykes and Luke McNally started for Oxford United who defeated visitors Portsmouth by three goals to two with McNally scoring the opening goal. Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu, Ronan Curtis and Sean Raggett started for the the visitors with recent loan signing Aiden O’Brien an 83rd minute substitute. Current leaders Rotherham United scored the only goal to defeat visitors Accrington Stanley with Chiedoze Ogbene in their starting eleven and Joshua Kayode a 77th minute substitute. Speculation surrounding the possible return of Roy Keane to the management role with Sunderland was very much in evidence as the ‘Makems’ and Dennis Cirkin went down to a two one defeat by bottom side Doncaster Rovers who included West Ham United loanee Ademipo Odubeko in their starting eleven at the Stadium of Light.

League Two saw Lee O’Connor and promotion chasing Tranmere Rovers held to a one all draw at Barrow while fellow promotion hopefuls Swindon Town included Crystal Palace loanee Jake O’Brien in their side as they went down to a two one defeat by visitors Exeter City.