The Republic of Ireland record goal-scorer inspired his side to a memorable win over the Italian champions in the International Champions Cup on his return from injury
By Ryan Kelly
Seamus Coleman featured for Everton as they suffered a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil condemned the Premier League side to a defeat but former Sligo Rovers full back Coleman supplied the cross for Nikica Jelavic's second half goal. Darron Gibson also featured during the game, coming on as a second half substitute replacing John Heitinga, but there was no place in the squad for Ireland under-21 captain Shane Duffy.
Ciaran Clark came on as a second half substitute as Aston Villa cruised to 2-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium. The centre back made some tidy passes and should have scored from a late set-piece, while Ireland under-21 winger Samir Carruthers also came on as a late substitute in the win.
James McCarthy was influential for Wigan Athletic as they surged to a 4-0 victory over Barnsley at Oakwell, but Darren Randolph could not keep a clean sheet as Birmingham lost 1-0 to Watford. Fresh from his summer move to QPR, veteran defender Richard Dunne was forced to watch from the bench as the Rs defeated Sheffield Wednesday.
Leicester City defender Sean St Ledger scored an own goal against Middlesbrough but his blushes were spared as the Foxes eventually triumphed by a score of 2-1. Elsewhere, Noel Hunt and Paul Green featured for Leeds United in their 2-1 home victory over Brighton. Former Irish international Paddy Kenny was solid in goals for United and made a number of important saves. Ipswich Town midfielder Jay Tabb's goal was not enough as Mick McCarthy's men fell to a 2-1 defeat against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
Ireland number one David Forde played 90 minutes as Millwall lost 1-0 at home to recently promoted Yeovil Town. Andy Keogh and Alan Dunne also featured for the Lions. Paddy Madden was taken off at half time but Kevin Dawson played the full match, demonstrating some neat link-up play.
Former Cork City defender Kevin Long played the entire game as Burnley drew 1-1 with Bolton on the opening game of the Championship season. Danny Lafferty also featured for the Clarets but the former Derry City full back was stifled for much of the game at left back.
Leon Best was the saviour for Blackburn Rovers in their 1-1 draw against Derby County as his 89th minute volley secured a point for Gary Bowyer's side. Jeff Hendrick played the entire game and Conor Sammon came on as a late substitute after 84 minutes, while centre back Richard Keogh had an effort ruled out for the Rams.
Johnny Hayes scored the first goal of the Scottish Premier League season in Aberdeen's 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at Pittodrie, while Willo Flood's strike ensured a win for the Dons. Niall McGinn was lively for the hosts while Paul Heffernan had no joy up front for Killie.
Anthony Stokes was the hero for Celtic in their 2-1 victory over Ross County at the weekend. The striker scored two goals to ensure three points for the Scottish champions.
David Van Zanten was sent off as St Mirren lost 3-0 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Republic of Ireland youth international Aaron Doran was full of energy and got himself on the scoresheet for Inverness. Elsewhere, making his debut since arriving from Swindon Town, James Collins could not stop Pat Fenlon's Hibernian from succumbing to a 1-0 home defeat against Motherwell.
Robbie Keane made a goalscoring return to action for LA Galaxy as they defeated Juventus 3-1 in the International Champions Cup. After three weeks on the sidelines, the 33-year-old came on as a second half substitute to set up one goal before adding another to ensure a Galaxy victory.
Darren O'Dea had a brief appearance for Metalurh Donetsk in their 2-0 Europa League defeat away to Albanian outfit Kukesi. The former Toronto defender was substituted after just 34 minutes.
In the Norwegian Tippeligaen, Ireland under-21 goalkeeper Sean McDermott endured a nightmare, conceding three goals in a 3-1 defeat against FK Haugesund. The result sees McDermott's side hang precariously above the relegation zone.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Goalkeeper: Paddy Kenny (Leeds United)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Kevin Long (Burnley), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa)
Midfielders: Paul Green (Leeds United), James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic), Aaron Doran (Inverness CT)
Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Anthony Stokes (Celtic), Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers)