Sunday 22 April 2018

Keane's injury-time strike earns Burnley a point

Burnley's Michael Keane
Burnley's Michael Keane
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Former Ireland underage international Michael Keane was the injury time hero for Burnley as they nabbed a point from their top of the table Championship clash with Middlesbrough.

The ex-Manchester United defender, who lined out for Ireland up to U19 level but then switched to England, struck to rescue a point for the hosts at Turf Moor.

Scottish international Jordan Rhodes had put league leaders Middlesbrough ahead with 20 minutes remaining with a goal that looked like it was going to put them four points clear with three games remaining until Keane struck.

Chris Hughton's Brighton were the main beneficiaries of the draw as their comfortable win at home to QPR moved them to within two points of Middlesbrough and level with Burnley - but they stay third because of their inferior goal difference.

Derby County confirmed their place in the play-offs by emerging on top of a five goal thriller away to Bristol City with both Richard Keogh and Cyrus Christie playing a full part.

Hull City will also be a part of the end-of-season drama - they came from behind to win at Reading. David Meyler was replaced in the 55th minute of that game.

Aiden McGeady was absent as Sheffield Wednesday missed out on the chance to cement sixth place by drawing at home to MK Dons who escaped relegation by keeping the game scoreless.

That means that Mick McCarthy's eight placed Ipswich still have a mathematical chance of getting into the shake-up following a late equaliser against Fulham.

But it was Cardiff that missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on Wednesday to three points by coming out on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline at Brentford. The hero for the hosts was Irish qualified Scott Hogan who bagged a brace.

The 24-year-old has endured a nightmare run with injuries since joining from Rochdale and made his first appearance since August 2014 just last month. He got off the mark for the season against Bristol City last weekend.

Elsewhere, Irish pair Alan Browne and Greg Cunningham were on target as Preston scored two late goals for a share of the spoils at Birmingham. Charlton were relegated after drawing with a Bolton side that are also League One bound.

Irish Independent

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