After every round of weekend fixtures, find the details of how Irish players overseas performed for their respective clubs
By Ronan Murphy
Wes Hoolahan was the only Irishman to find the net in the Premier League this weekend, but the lower divisions saw plenty of Irish goals.
On his return to the Norwich City starting XI, Wes Hoolahan rewarded manager Paul Lambert with a well-taken early goal. Hoolahan had scored against Wigan on the opening day of the season, and repeated the feat at Carrow Road. Wigan were much the better side following the goal, with James McCarthy back to his best. The Latics snatched a late equaliser to give them a hard-fought point.
Seamus Coleman was back in the Everton lineup against Tottenham following his thigh injury, and had a solid outing for the Toffees in their 1-0 win. He was replaced on 82 minutes by the returning Phil Jagielka, as both players tried to get back to match fitness. Jagielka's recovery meant there was no room on the Everton bench for Shane Duffy.
A second-half goal from Didier Drogba saw Chelsea beat Stoke by a single goal, but the visitors held out well despite going down to 10 men. Marc Wilson was impressive for the Potters, proving more than a match for Solomon Kalou, Raul Meireles and Juan Mata.
A man of the match performance by Andy Reid gave Npttongham Forest a comfortable 3-1 win over Millwall. Reid had a hand in Forest's first two goals before scoring a wonderful solo effort to finish the game. The win moves Forest five points clear of relegation.
On-loan Manchester United winger Robbie Brady gave Hull City the lead against Ipswich Town, but a late fight back from Dean Delaney and the rest of the Tractor Boys resulted in a 2-2 scoreline, further hindering the Tigers' promotion hopes.
Ireland under-19 midfielder Sean Murray scored his third goal of the season for Watford, helping them leapfrog Derby County in the table with a 2-1 win over the Rams.
Alan Judge opened the scoring for Notts County with a long-range effort against Charlton, helping the Magpies to a 4-2 victory. The win over the first place side surprised many, and keeps Notts County in a playoff position.
Bottom side Rochdale twice came back against free-scoring Huddersfield to secure a point at Galpharm Stadium. On-loan defender Kevin Long did well for the League One strugglers, despite picking up a late booking for unsporting behaviour.
New Accrington Stanley manager Paul Cook is still without a win, but has Irish duo Jamie Devitt and Padraig Amond to thank for a late point at Southend. Amond struck in the 92nd minute to give his side a share of the spoils after Michael Liddle was sent off. Cook himself was sent to the stands for arguing with the officials following Southend's second goal.
Michael Spillane looked to have grabbed a late equaliser for Dagenham and Redbridge at AFC Wimbledon, only for Kieran Djilali to snatch a winner for the Dons. Spillane had headed home Damien McCrory's corner with seven minutes to go, but Djilali had the ball in the net three minutes later.
Pat Fenlon guided Hibernian to a Scottish Cup semi-final thanks to a 2-0 win over First Division side Ayr. It was a comfortable win for Hibs, with Cork-born forward Roy O'Donovan once again finding the net.
Graham Carey's 25 yard free-kick helped St Mirren force a replay with Hearts following a 2-2 draw at Tynecastle. The replay will take place in Paisley in two weeks.
Robbie Keane was back in Major League Soccer action this weekend with Los Angeles Galaxy. However, the title holders started poorly, losing 3-1 to Real Salt Lake with the Ireland captain spurning a number of early opportunities.
Aiden McGeady's return to the Spartak Moscow starting eleven also proved disappointing as manager Valeri Karpin withdrew the winger at half-time in a 0-0 draw with Anzhi Makhachkala.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Defenders: Damien McCrory (Dag & Red), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Kevin Long (Rochdale), Marc Wilson (Stoke)
Midfielders: Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), James McCarthy (Wigan), Sean Murray (Watford), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest)
Forwards: Roy O'Donovan (Hibernian), Padraig Amond (Accrington)