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After every round of weekend fixtures, find the details of how Irish players overseas performed for their respective clubs

By Ronan Murphy


West Ham United won promotion to the Premier League for the 2012-13 season with a 2-1 playoff final win over Blackpool at Wembley.

The Hammers struck a late winner to snatch promotion, and guarantee top flight football next season.

Three-time Ireland international Joey O'Brien sat out the match, as he has been sidelined since March with a thigh injury.

The Dubliner played 32 league games up to that stage, and surely will be battling to regain his spot in the starting XI next season.


Huddersfield Town take on Sheffield United in the League One playoff final at Wembley next Saturday. Veteran Irishmen Nick Colgan and Alan Lee are on the books at Huddersfield, but neither player is likely to be kept on if the Terriers are promoted. On-loan defender Sean Morrison has impressed at centre back and could seal a permanent move from Reading. Morrison was born in Plymouth, but revealed an ambition to represent Ireland.

Sheffield United have a larger Irish contingent, with Michael Doyle and Stephen Quinn operating the engine room in midfield. The duo have appeared in almost every game, while youngsters David McAllister and Matthew Harriott have been marked out as ones for the future. Recent Ireland under-21 call-up John Egan also appeared for the Blades this season, making one appearance in March on an emergency loan from Sunderland.


Sunday sees Cheltenham Town meet Crewe Alexandra in the League Two playoff final. Cheltenham overcame Torquay United in the semi final thanks to solid defensive displays from their captain, Alan Bennett, while veteran forward Ben Burgess added experience up front. Burgess had been on loan from Notts County, but his contract with his parent club expired this month, and he could move to Whaddon Road on a permanent basis. Crewe Alexandra currently have no Irish players on their books.


An all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final proved a disappointing spectacle for neutral fans as Hearts easily overcame Hibernian 5-1 at Hampden Park. Hibs manager Pat Fenlon had hoped to end his club's 110 year wait for the title, but his game plan was undone after half an hour with Hearts 2-0 up.

Matt Doherty started in defence for the losing side, while Eoin Doyle was introduced from the bench in the second half. However, it was a happy day for one Irishman - nine-time Ireland international striker Stephen Elliott played the full 90 minutes for Hearts and got his hands on his first Scottish trophy.

Hearts' win also sees St Johnstone qualify for next year's Europa League, which is good news for Dublin-born defender Alan Maybury.

Barry Maguire's VVV Venlo ensured they will remain in the Eredivisie next season after a relegation playoff victory over Helmond Sport. VVV won 4-3 on aggregate, with Maguire playing in both games. The 22-year-old ended the season with four goals from 23 league appearances.

The New York Red Bulls notched up their fifth consecutive MLS win on Saturday, beating Montreal Impact 2-1. Ryan Meara did well between the posts once again, despite conceding an early penalty kick. The victory sees NYRB stay at the top of the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of DC United. Robbie Keane sat out LA Galaxy's 1-0 loss to Chivas USA, and is expected to join up with the Ireland squad today.