Thursday 21 September 2017

Under-17s fail to make Euros

IRELAND'S under-17s failed to get the required win yesterday against Serbia to qualify for the European Championships as they were held to a 1-1 draw in Vienna.

Tom Mohan's Irish side were on course to reach the finals in Slovakia this May when Manchester City's Jack Byrne fired them ahead five minutes after the break from a penalty earned by Dean O'Halloran of Fulham.

Despite Serbia losing defender Srdjan Babic for picking up a second yellow card in conceding the penalty, Ireland's lead lasted only five minutes. Sasa Lukic picked out Nemanja Radonjic with the pass and he finished past Harry Doherty.

Brennan gives Saints victory

St Patrick's Athletic earned the full complement of points with a 1-0 victory over Limerick FC in an interesting Airtricity League Premier Division encounter at Thomond Park.

The Saints hit the winner in the 20th minute when Killian Brennan converted a penalty following a foul on Ian Bermingham.

Limerick FC had opportunities after the restart, but 'keeper Brendan Clarke made splendid saves to deny Stephen Bradley and Shane Tracy.

Limerick FC: Cusack; Kelly (Costelloe, 88), O'Callaghan, Folan, Nzuzi; Tracy, Gamble, Bradley, Galbraith; Curran, Rainsford (Brown, 85).

St Patrick's Ath: Clarke; O'Brien, Browne, Carroll, Bermingham; Russell, McFaul (Bolger, 72), Brennan (Gannon, 82); Byrne, Fagan, Forrester.

Warnock irate as Leeds slump

Leeds boss Neil Warnock pulled no punches after watching his side suffer a 3-0 defeat at Ipswich and laid the blame firmly at the feet of Tom Lees.

The centre-half was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Jay Tabb just after the half-hour mark, with the visitors well on top at Portman Road. "It's difficult when you think you should have won 3-0 or 4-0 and you've lost 3-0," said Warnock.

"It's a crazy day and I can't believe we haven't won. We've got one lad who's let everyone down. He's let me down, the team down and all the fans who travelled here."

Doyle header sinks Boro

Kevin Doyle was the matchwinner for Wolves in a 3-2 victory on a dramatic afternoon at Molineux, against Middlesbrough. Boro defender Stephen McManus put through his own net after 17 minutes, although Grant Leadbitter soon levelled.

Wolves re-established their lead shortly after the restart courtesy of Bjorn Sigurdarson, yet once again Leadbitter pulled the visitors level. Wolves applied the pressure in search of a winner and Doyle headed home in the 70th minute, inflicting an 11th league defeat on Boro in 14 games since the turn the year.

Gers crowned champions

Rangers clinched the Third Division title to complete stage one of their journey back to the top of Scottish football. They were held to a goalless draw at Montrose in a noon kick-off but were confirmed as champions three hours later when Elgin beat Queen's Park.

The result means nearest rivals Queen's cannot catch Gers, as Ally McCoist secured his first piece of silverware as Rangers manager.

Juventus close in on title

Juventus edged closer to a second successive Serie A title after winning 2-1 in a pulsating "derby of Italy" at old rivals Inter Milan yesterday. A Fabio Quagliarella strike after three minutes and a tap-in from Alessandro Matri on the hour were just enough to beat a determined Inter, who levelled on 54 minutes through Rodrigo Palacio. The win puts the champions 12 point clear with eight games left.

Poyet won't blame 'keeper

Brighton manager Gus Poyet refused to blame Casper Ankergren despite the goalkeeper's injury-time error gifting Nottingham Forest an equaliser as the match ended 2-2 at the City Ground. Forest were chasing a seventh straight win but it looked like manager Billy Davies would taste defeat for the first time in eight games when Will Buckley put the visitors back in front with five minutes remaining.

However, Ankergren, excellent until this point, allowed Henri Lansbury's shot to squirm beneath his body and the Championship play-off rivals shared the points.

Poyet had sympathy for the 'keeper and said: "I thought the shot must have taken a deflection but when I've seen it again I nearly killed myself!

"When you are a 'keeper you pay the price and Casper has done that. He was having a good game, making two or three good saves, coming for crosses and kicking very well."

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