The former Bohemians striker helped his side secure promotion to the Championship with the opening goal in the playoff final at Wembley
By Ronan Murphy
Manchester City's first game after sacking Roberto Mancini ended in defeat as Norwich City ended their season with a 3-2 away win. Anthony Pilkington opened the scoring for the Canaries, while Wes Hoolahan pulled the strings in midfield. The victory sees Chris Hughton's side climb to 11th.
Seamus Coleman stood out once again for Everton, despite their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea. The wideman was impressive down the right flank for the Toffees, and caused plenty of problems when attacking. Darron Gibson also put in a strong display in the centre of the pitch, as Everton finished the season in sixth place.
Shane Long failed to find the scoresheet despite a high-scoring game between West Brom and Manchester United at The Hawthorns which ended 5-5. The Baggies striker struggled to find a breakthrough in the United defence before finding himself withdrawn from action on 79 minutes.
Former Republic of Ireland under-19 defender Michael Harriman made his first appearance of the season for Queens Park Rangers, starting in their 1-0 defeat to Liverpool. However, the right-back found it difficult against Joran Ibe, who impressed for the Reds.
Yeovil Town secured promotion to the Championship with a 2-1 Wembley win over Brentford in the League One playoff final. Paddy Madden returned to the scoresheet for the Glovers, scoring from outside the area for his 23rd league goal of the season.
Ireland B international Roy O'Donovan found himself on the losing side in the League Two Playoff final as Northampton Town were defeated 3-0 by Bradford City. The League Cup runners-up sealed promotion with a comfortable win, as young defender Carl McHugh watched on from the bench.
Scottish Premier League champions Celtic ended their season in style with a 4-0 victory away at Dundee United. Anthony Stokes came off the bench to score the Bhoys' fourth of the afternoon, helping his side finish 16 points clear of second-placed Motherwell.
Darren Randolph was left on the bench for the Steelmen's last game of the season, as the goalkeeper has already agreed a transfer to Birmingham City. From the bench, Randolph could do little to halt his side's 2-0 defeat at the hands of St Johnstone.
Toronto FC are now nine games without a win in the MLS after suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Columbus Crew. Captain Darren O'Dea could do little about Dominic Oduro's first-half goal, with the Ghanaian striker outpacing the Toronto defence.
Robbie Keane captained LA Galaxy as they took on New York Red Bulls on Sunday, May 19, but the 32-year-old striker could not prevent his side from losing at the Red Bull Arena. Keane had a free kick well saved in the first half before going close with a header late in the second half, but a stoppage time goal from Tim Cahill granted three points to the Red Bulls.
VVV Venlo were relegated from the Eredivisie with a 4-0 aggregate defeat by Go Ahead Eagles. Irish midfielder Barry Maguire played just 13 minutes over the two legs, and will find himself playing in the Eerste Divisie next season - where he could find himself facing Telstar forward Rhys Murphy.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Goalkeeper: Sean McDermott (Sandnes Ulf)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Darren O'Dea (Toronto), Joey O'Brien (West Ham)
Midfielders: Darron Gibson (Everton), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Kevin Dawson (Yeovil), Anthony Pilkington (Norwich)
Forwards: Paddy Madden (Yeovil), Anthony Stokes (Celtic)