Declan O'Brien was Drogheda United's inspiration last night as they beat Shamrock Rover 3-1 to win the EA Sports Cup final for just the second time in their history, the first silverware they have lifted in five years.
Fittingly then, O'Brien -- Drogheda's captain back in their 2007 title-winning season -- proved their hero once again, scoring their opening goal on 33 minutes.
Later, Kerrea Gilbert's own goal put daylight between the sides. And while the Hoops showed plenty of energy after the break, scoring a superb goal via Killian Brennan in the 59th minute, it wasn't enough. Eric Foley added a third for Drogheda, before Conor Powell was sent off for a cynical foul on O'Brien. Later, Ciaran Kilduff was taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle.
And so, Brian Laws starts his Rovers reign in the worst possible fashion, losing his first match in charge, having left his top-scorer, Gary Twigg, on the bench.
Hoops back on the right track
Goals by Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama gave Celtic a comfortable home 2-0 Scottish Premier League win over bottom side Dundee which would have been more comprehensive had it not been for former Hoops 'keeper Robert Douglas.
Wanyama fired in from distance after four minutes of the second half, although he was concerned with his side's finishing.
It was a welcome win for manager Neil Lennon. "We had to wait a wee while for the breakthrough but it was a quality goal. We got a great second goal in the second half and I felt after that it was one-way traffic and the only disappointment was we didn't get more goals," he said.
Lennon was concerned recently with his side's league form, which had seen them drop seven points in the first five games.
Hughton plays down Toon trip
Chris Hughton returns to the scene of his ruthless sacking today insisting that he is one of the Premier League's lucky managers.
The Norwich manager takes his side to Tyneside for the first time since he was replaced by Alan Pardew 21 months ago with Newcastle 11th in the Premier League. Since then Pardew has taken the club into Europe and strengthened Newcastle's squad with key signings such as striker Demba Ba.
Hughton is likely to receive a warm welcome from appreciative the home supporters, but the former Ireland full-back insists that there will be no emotion, just total focus on trying to get Norwich's first league win of the season: "I only have one concern on Sunday, to try to win a football match."
QPR will be fine - Villas-Boas
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes QPR will not be involved in a relegation scrap come the end of the season.
With the club having garnered just two points from their opening four games, the early signs are not good for Mark Hughes's side, but Villas-Boas thinks it is only a matter of time before the new signings settle in and lead the team up the table.
"At the moment QPR's position in the table does not reflect the team that they can be or where they can finish in the league," Villas-Boas said.
Brighton soar to the top
Goals from Ashley Barnes and Adam El-Abd fired Brighton to the top of the Championship.
A goal in each half was enough to sink Millwall and secure a fifth straight win for Gus Poyet's slick side.
Elsewhere, Craig Davies scored four goals as Barnsley produced a sensational second-half display against Birmingham to earn their first away points of the Championship season at St Andrew's, winning 5-0.
After a dull first half in which the visitors dominated possession, Davies took centre-stage, grabbing four goals in 19 minutes to send the Tykes above their opponents in the table.
Leeds beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at Elland Road thanks to goals from Luciano Becchio and teenager Dom Poleon. Dexter Blackstock pulled one back for Forest on the hour.
Sheridan off mark for Killie
Cillian Sheridan scored his first goal for Kilmarnock as they defeated St Mirren 3-1 at Rugby Park.
Sheridan opened the scoring when he glanced home Danny Racchi's pin-point delivery after 26 minutes and James Fowler doubled the hosts' lead 12 minutes into the second half. A James Dayton strike on the hour mark added to St Mirren's misery, and the hosts held on.
Bayern extend perfect start
Bayern Munich struck twice in three minutes to beat Schalke 04 2-0 yesterday and stay top of the Bundesliga with four wins from four as rivals Borussia Dortmund lost 3-2 at Hamburg SV to end a 31-match unbeaten run.
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