Weekend of overseas action…20/02/2022


The Scottish Premiership continued on Sunday afternoon with Glasgow Celtic extending their lead at the summit with a three two victory over visitors Dundee. Surprisingly both Liam Scales  and James McCarthy were not included in the matchday squad.

Josh Cullen and RSC Anderlecht were in Belgium First Division action when they defeated visitors KRC Genk by two goals to nil on Sunday afternoon.

The Premier League saw Brighton & Hove Albion with Shane Duffy in their starting eleven and Evan Ferguson a 68th minute substitute go down to a three nil home defeat by visitors Burnley who included Nathan Collins in their starting eleven with Kevin Long on their bench. Caoimhin Kelleher was on bench duty for Liverpool who came from behind to defeat visitors Norwich City by three goals to one. A knee injury sustained in training is expected to rule Adam Idah out for the remainder of the season.  Southampton included Shane Long and Will Smallbone on their substitute bench for the visit of Everton and captain Seamus Coleman with the hosts securing a comfortable two nil victory with 83rd minute substitute Long scoring sixty seconds after his introduction. Crystal Palace included young Tayo Adaramola  on their substitute bench for their one nil defeat by visitors Chelsea. The late kick-off saw Manchester City go down to a very unexpected  three two defeat by visitors Tottenham Hotspur for whom Matt Doherty was an 83rd minute substitute.

The Scottish Premiership  featured Livingston at home to St Mirren who included Connor Ronan, Joe Shaughnessy, Charles Dunne and Alan Power in their side with Conor McCarthy on the bench as the sides played out a one all draw. The ‘Buddies’ have lost manager Jim Goodwin who has taken the vacant Aberdeen managerial position on a 21/2  year deal. Motherwell included Jake Carroll in their starting eleven with Ross Tierney on their bench for their one all draw with visitors Aberdeen and Jonny Hayes. Recent signings Dan  Cleary who started and John Mahon who was on the substitute bench were members of the St Johnstone side which defeated visitors Heart of Midlothian by two goals to one. Aaron McEneff  was an unused substitute for the defeated visitors.

The Championship saw Bristol City defeat visitors Middlesbrough and Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Aaron Connolly by two goals to one. Cardiff City included Mark McGuinness and Joel Bagan in their starting eleven as they maintained their recent upsurge in form, coming from behind to secure a one all draw with visitors Blackpool. Bagan was again their goal scorer, his third in consecutive matches. A battling  Derby County included Jason Knight, Festy Ebosele and debutant Eiran Cashin in their starting eleven for their crucial relegation contest with visitors Peterborough United which they won with the only goal in added time. Peter Kioso was a late substitute  for Luton Town who defeated visitors West Bromwich Albion by two goals to nil. Dara O’Shea was an unused substitute with Callum Robinson a 78th minute substitute while Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby started for the ‘Baggies’. Captain Alan Browne was in the Preston North End side which suffered  a three two defeat by visitors Reading. Jimmy Dunne and Newcastle United loanee Jeff Hendrick started for QPR who were held to a one all draw by visitors Hull City and Sean McLoughlin.  Bramall Lane hosted the meeting of Sheffield United  and Swansea City  which saw John Egan start with Aston Villa loanee Conor Hourihane unused on the bench as the ‘Blades’ cruised  to a four nil victory. The visitors included Ryan Manning and Fulham loanee Cyrus Christie in their starting eleven while Michael Obafemi was a 60th minute substitute. 

League One featured Charlton Athletic in action against visitors Oxford United and Mark Sykes with the ‘Students’ securing a resounding four nil victory. West Ham United loanee Ademipo Odubeko, started for Doncaster Rovers who went down to a three one defeat by visitors Sheffield Wednesday for whom Ciaran Brennan was a starter. Sunderland included Dennis Cirkin in their starting eleven for the visit of promotion chasing MK Dons who included Warren O’Hora and loanees Conor Coventry and Troy Parrott in their side as they gained  a two one victory. Daryl Horgan started for Wycombe Wanderers who played host to Cheltenham Town as the sides played out a five all draw .

League Two Swindon Town included Crystal Palace loanee Jake O’Brien in their side for the lengthy journey to Carlisle United where they gained  a three nil victory.  Lee O’Connor started for Tranmere Rovers who were held to a one all draw by visitors  Port Vale.