By Ronan Murphy
Stoke City moved six points clear of relegation with a 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. Jon Walters guaranteed the win with a late penalty, while Marc Wilson was the Potters' outstanding player with an excllent performance before being forced off through injury.
Reading moved closer to the Championship with a 2-1 loss against Norwich City, with Irish duo Alex Pearce and Noel Hunt left on the bench for the Royals. Mark Bunn was rarely tested in the Norwich goal, helping his side move closer to Premier League survival with the victory.
Despite scoring an equaliser for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Kevin Doyle saw his side drop back into the relegation zone with a 2-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic.
Derby County guaranteed their place in the Championship next season with a 3-1 win over Peterborough United. Ireland defender Richard Keogh bagged the Rams' third with a header, and put in a good display at the back despite his side playing the last 30 minutes with 10 men.
Ipswich Town will also keep their place in the second tier after a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. Former Ireland under-21 international Jay Tabb opened the scoring for the Tractor Boys, helping Mick McCarthy's side to a valuable point.
Harry Arter scored Bournemouth's second goal in a 3-1 win over Carlisle which guarantees them promotion to the Championship. Arter scored a long-range effort to take his tally to eight for the season.
Having already been relegated to the fourth tier, Portsmouth rebounded with a 3-0 win over Sheffield United. Former Ireland international David Connolly provided a goal and an assist, ending the Blades' hopes of automatic promotion.
Crawley Town can no longer make the playoffs after losing 2-1 to Oldham Athletic. Defender Mark Connolly headed in an equaliser, but Oldham struck in stoppage time to seal victory.
A 2-2 draw for Northampton Town away to Port Vale secured their place in the playoffs, with Roy O'Donovan scoring from the edge of the area for the Cobblers.
A last minute penalty save from goalkeeper Graham Stack saw Barnet record a 1-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers and climb out of the relegation zone with only one game remaining in the 2012-13 season.
Celtic lifted the Scottish Premier League title with a comfortable 4-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Sunday. Anthony Stokes had the ball in the net for the Bhoys early on, but four second-half goals gave Neil Lennon's side the win and Celtic's 44th league title. Aaron Doran scored a late consolation goal for the visitors.
Celtic's title celebrations were delayed after Motherwell recorded a 3-1 win over Dundee United on Friday evening. Jon Daly was on target for the Tangerines, but a decent performance from goalkeeper Darren Randolph saw Motherwell move six points clear of third place Inverness.
Aiden McGeady starred for Spartak Moscow in their 2-2 draw with rivals CSKA Moscow. The Irishman scored the opener and put Ari through for Spartak's second, but their rivals scored a stoppage time penalty to take a share of the spoils.
Robbie Keane unselfishly set up Landon Donovan's goal in Los Angeles Galaxy's 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City. Keane had a great chance to score on a counter-attack, but unleashed Donovan for a simple tap-in for Galaxy's second.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Goalkeeper: Graham Stack (Barnet)
Defenders: Richard Keogh (Derby), Mark Connolly (Crawley), Marc Wilson (Stoke)
Midfielders: Jay Tabb (Ipswich), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Aaron Doran (Inverness)
Forwards: David Connolly (Portsmouth), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)