The full-back scored his second goal in two games for the Toffees, sending them to fourth in the Premier League table
By Ronan Murphy
Seamus Coleman opened the scoring with a 25-yard strike as Everton defeated Swansea City 2-1 to climb into the Premier League top four. The Donegal defender was a threat down the right throughout, and blasted the ball home in the 65th minute to give the visitors the lead.
John O'Shea was a rock at the heart of the Sunderland defence in his side's scoreless draw at home to Norwich City. The Black Cats captain made a number of important tackles and interceptions for his side in an even game at the Stadium of Light.
Shay Given's chances of a Republic of Ireland return increased with another solid display between the sticks for Middlesbrough. The on-loan stopper was comfortable in goal as Boro defeated Millwall 2-0. At the other end of the pitch, David Forde put in a decent performance despitw the scoreline.
Wigan Athletic moved up to 12th in the table with a 2-1 away win against Reading. Republic of Ireland winger James McClean had his midweek goal against Sheffield Wednesday chalked off when that match was abandoned, but put the disappointment behind him by setting up his side's opener. McClean's cross was deflected into the path of Chris McCann, who had an easy finish.
Alan Sheehan scored from the spot to rescue a point for Notts County against Bristol City. Third from bottom County went behind to a first-half penalty, but equalised a minute from time against bottom-placed Bristol City.
Milton Keynes Dons moved up to 11th in the table with a comfortable 3-0 win over Port Vale. Stephen Gleeson opened the scoring after just four minutes with a long-range effort, while Irish-eligible Patrick Bamford added his side's third on the half-hour mark.
Ian Morris was forced off injured after 23 minutes as Northampton Town suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers. The midfielder was unable to help Aidy Boothroyd's side get anything from the match, which proved to be the manager's last in charge of the Cobblers.
Republic of Ireland Under-21 defender Niall Canavan impressed at both ends of the pitch in Scunthorpe United's 2-0 win over Morecambe. The result sees the Iron climb into the automatic promotion places.
Richie Foran suffered a shoulder injury as Inverness Caledonian Thistle lost 4-3 to Aberdeen, slipping to fourth in the Scottish Premiership. The Dons led by four goals at half-time, but despite a spirited fightback, Inverness could not take anything from the game.
Dundee United defeated Ross County 1-0 to climb to second in the table. Gavin Gunning was once against solid at the back for the Terrors. Graham Carey almost levelled the game for the visitors in the second-half as he beat Radoslaw Cierzniak, but unfortunately saw his shot hit the bar.
Barry Maguire scored his first goal since December 2012 with the second goal in Den Bosch's 4-3 win against Emmen in the Eerste Divisie. Den Bosch let their lead slip in the first minute of stoppage time, but popped up with a 92nd minute goal to win the mid-table clash.
Cillian Sheridan came off the bench to help APOEL to a 3-0 win over Enosis to move to third in the Cypriot First Division. The former Ireland striker was also involved in APOEL's 4-2 extra-time defeat of Digenis Voroklinis in midweek, scoring twice.
Promotion-chasing Union Berlin recorded a 4-2 win over Arminia Bielefield to move up to fourth in the 2 Bundesliga, with Patrick Kohlmann scoring his side's second - his first goal in three years.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Goalkeeper: Shay Given (Middlesbrough)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe), Patrick Kohlmann (Union Berlin)
Midfielders: Chris McCann (Wigan), Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons), Barry Maguire (Den Bosch), Graham Carey (Ross County), James McClean (Wigan)
Forwards: Cillian Sheridan (APOEL)