Irish Abroad: Shane Long helps Hull City defeat Cardiff

The former Cork City striker was industrious for the Tigers, but there was heartbreak for Everton's Irish contingent, who suffered defeat against Chelsea
ANALYSIS
By Ronan Murphy

PREMIER LEAGUE

Hull City recorded a convincing 4-0 win at Cardiff City with Nikica Jelavic bagging two goals for the Tigers. Despite not getting his name on the scoresheet, Shane Long was in impressive form for the visitors, and linked up with his strike partner for his side's second.

Everton suffered a late defeat against Chelsea, holding Jose Mourinho's side scoreless for 90 minutes before John Terry's stoppage time winner. James McCarthy was solid in midfield for the Toffees, while Seamus Coleman made some good roving runs down the right.
CHAMPIONSHIP

Joe Mason scored his second goal of the season for Bolton Wanderers as they defeated Watford 2-0. Mason's 45th minute strike made up for some earlier misses, and helps the Trotters move six points clear of relegation.

Bottom-placed Yeovil Town increased their chances of survival with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Doncaster Rovers. Republic of Ireland Under-21 captain Shane Duffy put in a commanding performance at the back, helping his side to a clean sheet.

Wigan Athletic moved to within a point of the playoffs with a 2-1 away win at Brighton and Hove Albion. James McClean was a constant threat for the visitors, while Chris McCann headed in the Latics' second.

Andy Keogh scored the opener for Blackpool against Birmingham City, but it was not enough as the visitors came from behind to win 2-1 against 10-man Blackpool. Keogh volleyed in after 22 minutes, scoring his second goal in four games since signing on loan.

LEAGUE ONE

Jack Grealish and Alan Sheehan were on target for Notts County, giving the Magpies a 2-0 lead after just 13 minutes. However, Shrewsbury Town ran out victorious as they scored three unanswered goals, with David McAllister bagging the winner.

Billy Clarke was sent off late on for Crawley Town, but they held on to defeat Walsall 2-1. The victory sees Crawley stay just two points clear of relegation.

LEAGUE TWO

John-Joe O'Toole took his 2013-14 tally to 12 league goals in Bristol Rovers' 2-0 win over Burton Albion. The midfielder reacted quickest to score his side's second and dent Burton's promotion hopes.

Republic of Ireland international Paddy Madden was on target as Scunthorpe United defeated Portsmouth 5-1. The Dubliner scored his first goal for the Iron, while on-loan Mikey Drennan got his first for Pompey with a late consolation.

David Connolly got his third goal in six appearances since joining Oxford United on loan, scoring the opener in their 1-1 draw at Morecambe. Barry Roche did well in the home goal, but could do little to stop Connolly's deflected shot.

SCOTLAND

Anthony Stokes could not follow up his hat-trick for Celtic, but worked hard up front as the Bhoys defeated Hearts 2-0 to extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 24 points.

Dundee United defeated Motherwell 3-1 to keep their hopes of a Europa League place alive. Gavin Gunning marked his return from injury with a well-taken goal before adding a second from a free-kick.

Adam Rooney scored a consolation goal for Aberdeen in their 3-1 loss to Partick Thistle. The strike was Rooney's third since joining in January.
IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND

Goalkeeper:
Barry Roche (Morecambe)

Defenders: Gavin Gunning (Dundee Utd), Shane Duffy (Yeovil), Richard Keogh (Derby)

Midfielders: James McCarthy (Everton), Chris McCann (Wigan), David McCallister (Shrewsbury), John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers)

Forwards: Shane Long (Hull), Joe Mason (Bolton), Andy Keogh (Blackpool)