Sunday 22 April 2018

Something from the weekend

Ciaran Lennon

Ciaran Lennon

The good

Late late show

For the second week in a row, Eoin Kelly rode to the rescue with an equalising point in the dying seconds to earn a share of the spoils for Davy Fitzgerald's resilient Waterford side. After racking up 1-17 last week against Cork, Kelly fired in another 1-7 from frees against Tipperary including another last-gasp leveller.

Mad Hatters

The Hatters went a bit mad in front of goal on Saturday as Luton Town hit an incredible seven goals in 35 minutes in their 8-0 drubbing of Conference rivals Hayes & Yeading United. In their biggest victory for 20 years, Luton dismantled their less-illustrious opponents with two goals from someone who knows all about falling from the summit of English football. Sixteen years ago Kevin Gallen made his debut for QPR at Old Trafford and the 34-year-old hasn't lost his scoring touch with a brace to kick-start Luton's rout

The bad

Arsenal's blues

Two years after Arsenal's St Andrew's disintegration, the Gunners returned to the scene of the crime but left once again with another tale of bad tackles, tantrums and two points lost. On this occasion it was Birmingham's veteran striker Kevin Phillips who delivered the killer blow in the final seconds -- not that he knew much about the equalising goal which had ricocheted off his head into the net. In 2007, a similar result sparked Arsenal's meltdown, and Arsene Wenger's post-match reaction will ignite talk that they're on the verge of another.

In a spin

Two days after getting in trouble with Melbourne police for 'improper use' of his road car, Lewis Hamilton suffered similar difficulty with his McLaren after a disappointing sixth place finish in yesterday's Grand Prix. The former world champion blamed his McLaren team for costing him a podium finish after opting for a unusual two-stop strategy. "A terrible idea," he fumed on the race radio. But his fortune wasn't helped when Red Bull's Mark Webber collided with him in the closing lap to knock him further down the field. Life in the fast lane has Hamilton in a spin.

... And The odd

Own goals

At the start of the season Alex Ferguson must have pinned his hopes on Michael Owen's poaching qualities to assist Manchester United's title charge, but the Red Devils boss has seen Owen's goals replaced by 'own goals'. Jlloyd Samuel's opening strike into his own net on Saturday was the 11th own goal for United this season. Ferguson said the statistic was a "freak" but they seemed to spark Dimitar Berbatov into life. Before his brace against Bolton he was languishing third behind Wayne Rooney and 'OG' in United's goalscoring charts.

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