Thursday 18 January 2018

In Brief: Limerick halt Saints' march

Limerick put a serious dent in the Airtricity League Premier Division title hopes of St Patrick's Athletic at Thomond Park last night.

Despite the lack of goals this was a thrilling affair and ten seconds from time Conan Byrne saw his attempt at a winner for the visitors come back off the crossbar as Limerick ended a miserable run of form with a gutsy display.

Dundalk can move level on points with Pat's at the top if they beat Drogheda United at home this evening.

Limerick FC: Ryan; Nzuzi, Folan, Oji, Williams, Gamble, O'Leary inj (Hughes 79) Bradley, Gaffney (Bossekota 71) Gailbraith, Curran

St Pat's: Clarke; O'Brien, Bermingham, Browne, Kenna, Bolget, McFaul inj (Russell 25) Kavanagh (Forrester 86) Byrne, Fagan (Flood 75) Brennan

Referee: P Tuite (Dublin)

MCCABE BRACE FIRES ROVERS

FIFTH-PLACED Shamrock Rovers kept alive their European qualification hopes at Tallaght Stadium by beating Cork City 2-1 thanks to Gary McCabe's first-half brace.

McCabe side-footed home neat finishes in the ninth and 24th minutes to put Rovers in command. A lacklustre Cork were enlivened by Gary Buckley's 68th-minute header but they failed to force an equaliser.

Shamrock Rovers: B Murphy; Sullivan, Oman, Elebert, Powell; Ryan (Rice 82), Robinson; Finn, McCabe, Dennehy (O'Connor 71); Stewart.

Cork City: McNulty; Horgan, Murray, Buckley, Murphy; G Morrissey, Duggan (Lenihan 59), Dunleavy (Healy 46), Horgan; Kenny (Turner 46), D Morrissey

Referee: R Rogers (Dublin)

SLIGO SHOW GRIT TO STEAL SPOILS

Gavin Peers and Aaron Greene scored in each half as Sligo Rovers beat Bohemians at Dalymount Park last night.

Centre-back Peers headed home his second goal in four games after just 16 minutes, getting on the end of Kieran Djilali's corner.

Greene wrapped it up after a smart counter-attack on the hour-mark, exchanging passes with Anthony Elding and David McMillan before finishing confidently against his former team.

Bohs dominated for most of the opening half, and could have been level at the break, but Anto Murphy's close-range effort was taken off the line by Seamus Conneely.

Bohemians: Delaney; Pender, Lopes, A Murphy, Byrne, Buckley, McEvoy (Reynor 68), Mulcahy, Moore, Traynor, C Murphy (Lyons 75).

Sligo: Rogers; Keane, Peers, Ventre, Davoren (Martin 87), Djilali, Conneely, Cawley, Greene, Elding (Lynch 76), D McMillan (North 62).

Referee: G Kelly (Cork)

FELLAINI EYES ON TITLE TRIUMPH

Marouane Fellaini was "nervous" as transfer deadline day arrived but insists he has joined a Manchester United team that is set up to retain the Premier League title. "It is a big step for me," he said. "But I have played five years in England, I know the league and I know the players so I don't think I will have a problem.

"Every year is tough for the big teams but I think Manchester United has the quality to win the championship."

INJURY RULES OUT STURRIDGE

Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of England's World Cup qualifier with Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday.

Sturridge missed Friday night's win over Moldova at Wembley after aggravating a thigh injury in Liverpool's triumph over Manchester United last weekend.

It had been hoped the striker would have recovered sufficiently for him to report back for duty this evening.

However, the FA has confirmed that will not happen.

"Daniel Sturridge will not return to the England squad ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Ukraine," said the statement. "His injury has not progressed."

INCE EAGER TO MAKE AMENDS

Tom Ince believes the new-look England Under 21s can make amends for the unacceptable performances at the European Championships.

The woeful performances brought Stuart Pearce's reign to an end and left players like Ince embarrassed. "We have to make sure that when the time comes around for the 2015 championships we do a lot better than we did in the summer."

MILLERS CUT DOWN BLADES

Rotherham maintained their unbeaten record in League One and increased Sheffield United's woes with a 3-1 victory at the New York Stadium.

Jose Baxter gave the Blades the lead just before half-time. Kieron Agard levelled six minutes into the second half, then Daniel Nardiello and Robert Milsom all netted to move Rotherham up to fourth and leave the Blades with just one win from six games.

BRADFORD EASE PAST BRENTFORD

Bradford moved above Brentford following an emphatic 4-0 win over the Bees at Valley Parade.

Brentford goalkeeper David Button was dismissed in the 26th minute and James Hanson made them pay when he got the opening goal four minutes before half-time. Goals from Nahki Wells, Garry Thompson and Hanson finished off the visitors as the Bantams moved up to fifth.

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