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Barndarrig’s Liam Scales is in flying form.

Barndarrig’s Liam Scales is in flying form.

Barndarrig’s Liam Scales is in flying form.

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Liam Scales added another super goal to his repertoire as he inspired Celtic to victory over Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup.

Despite operating as a defender, the 23-year-old has fashioned a reputation for having an eye for a stylish goals, with his improbable finish in the 2021 President’s Cup for Shamrock Rovers a particular highlight.

While not quite of the stupendous standard of his effort against Dundalk, the way he opened the scoring against Raith was eye-catching nonetheless. After moving into a pocket of space outside the box, he received a pass from Tom Rogic, before unleashing an unstoppable left-footed strike off the inside of the post and in.

Celtic would go on to win the game 4-0, but Scales’ goal was the objective highlight.

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Staying in Scotland, where Daire O’Connor was an unused substitute in Ayr United’s 2-1 win over Kilmarnock last Wednesday night.

Down in England, Pierce Sweeney and Exeter City continued their rich vein of form with a 1-0 win over Bradford City.

Sweeney started in a three-man defence as Exeter racked up their fifth win in six games.

With it, they climbed into fourth place in League Two; two points outside of the automatic promotion places.

Staying in England, where Louise Quinn and Birmingham’s relegation struggles mounted with a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Their third defeat in succession leaves Birmingham seven points adrift of safety, after Leicester won their second game in a row, against West Ham, to leapfrog Everton, who have played two games fewer than Birmingham.

Up in Scotland, meanwhile, Claire Walsh started as Glasgow City progressed to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup with a 6-0 hammering of Hamilton.

A brace from Kerry Beattie, and goals from Priscilla Chinchilla, Jenna Clark, and Tyler Dodds and Lauren Davidson secured the rout.

Congratulations are in order for Darren Randolph, who is expecting his first child with pop star and 2008 X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke.

The 34-year-old Republic of Ireland goalkeeper has been dating Burke since last May, and their child is expected to be born in June.

All the best to them both!


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