By Ronan Murphy
Damien Duff continued his excellent start to the English Premier League season with a goal against Manchester United on Saturday. The Fulham winger showed Giovanni Trapattoni what he will be missing with the opener following a well-worked free kick routine.
Aston Villa remain in the relegation zone as a red card administered to Ciaran Clark and an uncharacteristic mistake from Shay Given contributed to a 3-1 loss to Everton. Darron Gibson impressed once again in the Toffees midfield, while Seamus Coleman came on for the last half hour.
After being called up to Ireland's squad to play Kazakhstan and Oman, Marc Wilson showed just what he can add to the Irish backline with a composed performance in Stoke City's 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
Andy Reid and Simon Cox linked up again for Nottingham Forest with Cox providing the pass for Reid's equalising goal in their 2-2 draw with Bolton Wanderers.
Kevin Doyle returned to the scoresheet for Wolverhampton Wanderers, netting against Derby County to open his account for the season. Irish trio Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick, and Conor Sammon all started for the Rams in the 1-1 draw.
Ireland under-21 striker Joe Mason grabbed a consolation goal for Cardiff City, heading in a corner after coming off the bench. Greg Cunningham looked sharp for Bristol City in the 4-2 win.
Three Irishmen found the net in Carlisle United's 4-2 win over Portsmouth, as James Berrett, Paddy Madden and Conor Clifford all scored late goals in an exciting match at Brunton Park. Kevin Long was sent off for the visitors before Berrett and Madden scored from close range for Carlisle with Chelsea loanee Conor Clifford getting his first-ever league goal in between.
Adam Barton opened the scoring in Coventry City's 2-2 draw with Bury, while veteran Northern Ireland striker David Healy scored for the visitors.
Northampton Town and Southend United played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Sixfields Stadium, with Kane Ferdinand finding the net in the second half for the Shrimpers.
Former Ireland international Clinton Morrison scored a second-half equaliser for Colchester United against Sheffield United
Pat Fenlon's Hibernian climbed to second place in the Scottish Premier League with a 2-0 win over St Johnstone. Eoin Doyle scored his first goal of the season from close range after former Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Alan Mannus kept out his initial effort.
Jon Daly took his SPL goal tally to two goals in three games for the 2012-13 season, but missed a couple of good opportunities as Dundee United lost 3-1 to Kilmarnock. The strike is Daly's 50th SPL goal.
Robbie Keane captained LA Galaxy to a 2-0 win over FC Dallas to move to fourth place in the MLS Western Conference. In the Eastern Conference, bottom-placed Toronto FC grabbed a point away to Houston Dynamo with Ireland international defender Darren O'Dea commanding the backline.
In the Dutch Eerste Divisie, Telstar recorded their second win of the season, beating Excelsior 1-0 thanks to a 20th-minute penalty from former Arsenal striker Rhys Murphy.
PAOK kicked off their Greek Super League campaign with a 1-0 win over Panthrakikos. Liam Lawrence came off the bench for PAOK and put in a decent shift for the last 33 minutes.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Goalkeeper: Darren Randolph (Motherwell)
Defenders: Greg Cunningham (Bristol City), Darren O'Dea (Toronto FC), Richard Keogh (Coventry City), Marc Wilson (Stoke City)
Midfielders: Damien Duff (Fulham), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), James Berrett (Carlisle)
Forwards: Joe Mason (Cardiff City), Eoin Doyle (Hibernian), Kevin Doyle (Wolves)