Monday 18 December 2017

Sligo Rovers go six clear at top

Sligo Rovers pulled six points clear at the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division after a comprehensive 3-0 defeat of reigning champions Shamrock Rovers at the Showgrounds yesterday afternoon.

The Hoops dropped points for the fourth game in-a-row and finished the game with nine men.

Danny North opened the scoring after half an hour and David Cawley doubled the lead seven minutes later.

Chris Turner was shown a straight red for raising his hands to Alan Keane five minutes into the second half, before North got his second in the closing stages. Graham Gartland was then sent off for a second bookable offence.

Crusaders take Setanta Cup

SUBSTITUTE Gareth McKeown was the toast of the Shore Road after Crusaders beat Derry City 5-4 on penalties to win a dramatic Setanta Sports Cup final.

The former Lisburn Distillery man blasted home the winning penalty after 'keeper Sean O'Neill had saved Dermot McCaffrey's penalty after the sides had finished 2-2 after extra time.

The first goal did not arrive until the 80th minute when Rory Patterson fired home from close range.

Stephen Baxter's side deservedly levelled things on 86 minutes in somewhat controversial circumstances when it looked like David Rainey had fouled Gerard Doherty as the City 'keeper tried to come for Stuart Dallas' free-kick, but referee Raymond Crangle allowed Colin Coates' goal to stand.

Right at the end of normal time Stephen McBride was given his marching orders after he picked up his second booking for his challenge on Simon Madden and on 98 minutes Coates grabbed his second of the game when he turned the ball home from close range.

Patterson levelled things on 102 minutes from the penalty spot after Paul Leeman had handled inside the box before the drama of the penalty shootout.

Lennon: Hearts minds on final

Neil Lennon is expecting Hearts to have their Hampden heads on when they visit Celtic Park this afternoon. The Jambos are gearing up for their Scottish Cup final against Edinburgh rivals Hibernian at the national stadium next week but before that finish their Clydesdale Bank Premier League campaign with a game against the champions, whom they beat in the cup semi-final last month.

Celtic boss Lennon, who will get his hands on the SPL trophy at the end of the game for the first time as a manager, believes it is almost inevitable that the Gorgie players will have one eye on their next trip to Glasgow.

"They have a cup final and it is a huge game," he said. "They will be competitive, I'm sure, but I would imagine the cup is at the forefront of their minds at the minute.

"Obviously we want to win the game and finish the season with a bit of style but ultimately it's just about the supporters enjoying themselves.

"We will probably go with a strong squad because I think everybody will want to play and finish off the season on the pitch if they can -- although I can only play 14."

Grayson hails Terriers win

Manager Simon Grayson hailed Huddersfield's 2-0 play-off semi-final first leg win at MK Dons as their best display since he took over to put the Terriers in pole position to reach Wembley ahead of the second leg on Tuesday.

"We are delighted that we have won and with the level of performance,'' said Grayson. "I would say that this is the best performance of my short reign at the club.''

Jordan Rhodes put Huddersfield ahead after 32 minutes for his 39th goal of the season. Jack Hunt doubled the lead in the 73rd minute, cutting inside Shaun Williams to fire a left-footed shot inside the near post.

York celebrate Trophy victory

York warmed up for their Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final with Luton by lifting the FA Trophy following a 2-0 victory over Newport at Wembley.

Matty Blair, who scored the goal to ensure the Minstermen will be returning to the national stadium next Saturday, opened the scoring 20 minutes into the second half, claiming his 19th goal of the season.

Man-of-the-match Lanre Oyebanjo added a second in the 72nd minute and York will now be hoping to secure a Wembley double which would see them return to the Football League.

Dugdale gives Crewe edge

Adam Dugdale's second-half header gave Crewe a 1-0 victory over Southend in their npower League Two play-off semi-final.

Michael Timlin, Bilel Mohsni and Ryan Hall all went close late on for Southend, but they emerged with nothing to show ahead of Wednesday's second leg.

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