February 26th

English Championship

The points were shared between Derby County and Nottingham Forest in the East Midlands Derby after a late equalizer from Colin Kazim-Richards. Jason Knight and Cyrus Christie both played the full ninety minutes. The latter has been in good form in recent weeks for Forest, highlighted by his inclusion in the Championship Team of the Month for February.

Scottish Championship

Aaron McEneff started his second consecutive game for Hearts in a 1-1 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

February 27th

English Premier League

Darren Randolph was handed his second Premier League start of the season against league leaders Manchester City. West Ham remain fourth in the league despite narrowly losing 2-1 and Randolph believes it is crucial that the team does not let the loss impact their confidence. The 33-year-old, who is filling in for the injured Lukasz Fabianski, is a doubt himself for the next match after picking up a knock in the City game.

West Brom made it two back-to-back clean sheets after they beat Brighton 1-0. Dara O’Shea returned to the Albion starting eleven and played his part in keeping out the Brighton attack. Aaron Connolly missed a gilt-edged chance in the second-half for Graham Potter’s men who also failed to convert two penalties during the course of the game.

Newcastle United, with Ciaran Clark at the back, were unable to hold onto a one nil lead against Wolves with the game finishing all square. Clark will be hoping to nail down a starting spot in Stephen Kenny’s team later this month in the absence of the injured John Egan.

English Championship

It was a quiet Saturday afternoon in the Championship for the Irish lads. Darragh Lenihan returned to Blackburn Rovers’ backline for a 1-1 draw with Coventry City after missing their last game through injury.

Alan Browne and Greg Cunningham featured in Preston’s 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town. Preston boss Alex Neil was particularly impressed with Cunningham’s performance in the win.

English League One

In the third tier, Alan Judge scored Ipswich Town’s first goal of the afternoon in a 2-1 win against sixth placed Doncaster Rovers. And it was fine goal from Judge, who curled in a beauty of a free-kick to give his side the lead. Ipswich now sit seventh in the league.

At Portsmouth, Marcus Harness set up Sean Raggett for the opening goal after 32 minutes. Harness did all of the hard work, winning the ball back and skipping passed two Gillingham defenders before finding Raggett in the box who headed home. However, Gillingham equalized minutes later and the game finished 1-1.

English League Two

Joshua Kayode made it two from two on Saturday but yet again his goal was not enough for Carlisle United with the game finishing 3-1 to Oldham Athletic. The 20-year-old striker acrobatically volleyed in from a corner to give Carlisle the lead after 35 minutes.

Walsall scored a late consolation against Bradford City after Tyreik Wright’s corner was headed in by Dan Scarr.

Scottish Premiership

St Mirren picked up another three points in their quest for a top six finish thanks to a Jamie McGrath penalty in the 82nd minute. The midfielder has now scored 10 goals this season in all competitions.

Indian Super League

Eleven goals were scored in the end-of-season clash between Odisha and East Bengal in the Indian Super League on Saturday. Anthony Pilkington scored one and assisted another. However his East Bengal team, managed by Robbie Fowler, went on to lose the game 6-5.

February 28th

English Premier League

At Bramall Lane, David McGoldrick took over the captaincy duties from the injured John Egan in Sheffield United’s defeat to Liverpool. Enda Stevens also started at left-back for the Blades.

English Championship

Despite a limited amount of action in recent weeks, Adam Idah managed to score a decisive second goal for Norwich City in their 2-0 win over Wycombe. Idah forced the ball in from close range to seal the win in the 87th minute for the Canaries, who are now 10 points clear at the top of the league.

Belgian Pro League

Anderlecht picked up an important three points against Standard Liege. The 3-1 victory keeps them within one point off fourth spot in the league. Josh Cullen featured for the full ninety minutes.

March 2nd

English Championship

With several Irish representatives rested midweek in the Championship, there were only four starters in Tuesday evening’s games. Greg Cunningham and Jayson Molumby featured in Preston’s defeat to Millwall while both Cyrus Christie and Darragh Lenihan were also on the losing side in their respective matches.

English League One

Warren O’Hora scored his first goal for MK Dons in their 3-2 defeat to GIllingham. Thomas O’Connor started on the left-wing for the home side.

Unfortunately the red cards outnumbered the goals in League One on Tuesday as both Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) and Conor Shaughnessy (Rochdale) were given their marching orders.

Conneely took down Troy Parrott inside the box which resulted in a penalty for Ipswich Town who subsequently converted through James Norwood and went on to win the game 2-1. Parrott has made a good impression on Ipswich assistant manager Matt Gill despite his lack of goals so far for the League One side.

“His work rate is absolutely fantastic and the quality is there for everyone to see.”

Matt Gill (Ipswich Town Assistant Manager)

English League Two

In the fourth division, Eoin Doyle scored his 13th goal of the campaign in Bolton’s 2-0 victory away to Oldham Athletic. The striker was the quickest to react after the ball struck the post, finishing off a 28-pass move from the visitors.

Bradford City were also victorious in their clash with Mansfield Town thanks to a Danny Rowe goal, assisted by Irishman Niall Canavan. Paudie O’Connor also impressed at the back for Bradford in the 1-0 win.

Australian A-League

Andy Keogh set up Perth Glory’s only goal in their 2-1 defeat to Central Coast Mariners.

March 3rd

English Premier League

A victory over Aston Villa brings Sheffield United up to four wins for the season. David McGoldrick’s first-half goal was enough for the Blades who played out the final half hour with 10 men after Phil Jagielka was sent-off. McGoldrick is now up to six goals for the season.

Elsewhere, James McCarthy’s bad luck with injuries continues after he was substituted on the hour mark in Crystal Palace’s draw with Manchester United. McCarthy is now a serious doubt for the World Cup qualifiers later this month and is another name added to an ever-growing injury list.

English Championship

Ryan Manning started his first league game for Swansea City since their 2-1 win over Watford at the beginning of January. The Swans went on to win their latest game against Stoke City by two goals to one. Manning set up the first with a first time cross which Connor Roberts converted. The wing-back has contributed four assists from seven starts in all competitions this campaign.

Daryl Horgan, Shane Long and Conor Hourihane all got more minutes under their belt in Wednesday’s games.

Belgian Cup

Anderlecht progressed to the semi-final stage of the Belgian Cup with a 1-0 win over Cercle Brugge. Josh Cullen featured for the full ninety minutes in the quarter-final clash.

March 4th

Matt Doherty completed his first ninety minutes in the league since last month’s defeat to Liverpool. The scoreline was more favourable for Spurs this time round as they beat Fulham 1-0.

With Seamus Coleman missing with a minor injury and Callum Robinson on the bench, Dara O’Shea was the sole Irish representative in West Brom’s game with Everton. O’Shea celebrated his 22nd birthday on Thursday but unfortunately for West Brom and the Irishman, Richarlison didn’t get the memo. He scored the winning goal for the Toffees in the 65th minute.