Irish Abroad: James McCarthy helps Wigan win FA Cup

The Latics midfielder did well to nullify the threat of Manchester City's multi-million midfielders to help his side lift the trophy for the first time in their history
By Ronan Murphy


James McCarthy picked up an FA Cup winner's medal as Wigan Athletic defeated Manchester City in the last minute at Wembley. McCarthy didn't put in his best first half in the Latics midfield, but showed greater urgency after the break, with one roving run in particular causing problems for the City backline.


Newcastle United recorded a 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers to ensure their Premier League survival, but saw Rob Elliot sent off with 10 minutes to go. The goalkeeper had been initially booked for kicking the ball away and then picked up a second yellow card for handling outside the area.

Sunderland moved a point closer to safety with a 1-1 draw against Southampton. The Black Cats saw defender John O'Shea put in some crucial blocks to earn a point, but James McClean was disappointing in midfield, with new manager Paolo Di Canio taking him off at half time.

Darron Gibson and Seamus Coleman both played 90 minutes as Everton defeated West Ham in what will be David Moyes' final home game as manager of the Toffees. Gibson was industrious in the Everton midfield and provided the assist for Kevin Mirallas' second goal.

Norwich City guaranteed their Premier League status with a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Winger Anthony Pilkington made some good runs for the Canaries, while Wes Hoolahan was instrumental in creating the game's first three goals.

Crystal Palace were held to a scoreless draw by Brighton and Hove Albion in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final. Centre back Damien Delaney put in a good display at the back for Palace, while former Ireland under-21 international Owen Garvan worked hard in midfield.

In the other Championship playoff semi-final, Conrad Logan could only watch from the bench as his Leicester City teammates were defeated 3-2 on aggregate by Watford.


Celtic were presented with the Scottish Premier League trophy on Saturday as they recorded a 4-0 win over St Johnstone. Anthony Stokes started up front for the Bhoys, and claimed he got the final touch on Charlie Mulgrew's effort which put the hosts two ahead.

St Johnstone's hopes of finishing third and winning a place in the Europa league were helped by Inverness Caledonian Thistle's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Dundee United. Caley took the lead through Aaron Doran's first-half effort, but were pegged back after the break, as Jon Daly impressed for the visitors.

Robbie Keane was once again unavailable for Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS, missing out on their 3-1 away loss to Vancouver Whitecaps. Andy O'Brien worked hard for the Whitecaps in their first win since March, and carried on despite picking up a knock late in the game.

Elsewhere, Ireland under-21 goalkeeper Sean McDermott kept a clean sheet as Sandnes Ulf drew 0-0 with Molde to stay clear of the automatic relegation places in the Norwegian Tippeligaen.

VVV Venlo finished their regular season with a 1-0 away win at Vitesse, and Barry Maguire was introduced from the bench, but will once again face the prospect of playing in the relegation playoff to keep their place in the Eredivisie.

Sean McDermott (Sandnes Ulf)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Andy O'Brien (Whitecaps)

Midfielders: Darron Gibson (Everton), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Aaron Doran (Inverness), Anthony Pilkington (Norwich)

Forwards: Anthony Stokes (Celtic), Jon Daly (Dundee Utd)