The Toffees full-back scored a late winner to keep his side in the hunt for a European place, while Adam Rooney helped Aberdeen lift the Scottish League Cup
By Ronan Murphy
Seamus Coleman struck a late winner for Everton as they took all three points against Cardiff City at Goodison Park. The Republic of Ireland international got the final touch on Gareth Barry's effort to seal victory,
David Meyler had the ball in the net for Hull City against Manchester City, but saw his effort ruled out for offside as the Tigers slumped to a 2-0 home defeat.
Stoke City defeated West Ham United 3-1 to open up a nine point gap between themselves and relegation as Stephen Ireland impressed in midfield. The Corkman was confident in possession and made some good runs into the opposition area, but should have done better when given shooting chances.
James McClean netted twice as Wigan Athletic defeated fellow playoff hopefuls Ipswich Town 3-1. The winger showed good composure to equalise for the Latics before sealing the victory with a close-range effort 13 minutes from time.
Leon Best scored his first league goal for Sheffield Wednesday, tapping in his side's second in their 4-1 win over Birmingham City. Darren Randolph was busy in the away goal, and had a disappointing game as he had to pick the ball out of the net on four separate occasions.
Irish-eligible Will Buckley scored both of Brighton and Hove Albion's goals as they recorded a 2-0 win against Bolton Wanderers. The winger qualifies through his grandparents and has been touted as a possible Ireland international by clubmate Stephen Ward, who also put in a good shift on Saturday.
Struggling Notts County returned to the bottom of the League One table after losing 3-2 at Tranmere Rovers. The Magpies took the lead through former Ireland Under-21 international Ronan Murray and later looked to have salvaged a draw when Alan Sheehan scored on the hour mark, but Tranmere struck six minutes from time to take all three points.
Brentford defeated Leyton Orient 1-0 to leapfrog the O's into the second automatic promotion place despite playing with 10 men for the majority of the game. Midfielder Alan McCormack helped the Bees seal the victory with a crucial header off the line to keep his side ahead.
Mark Connolly put in a tough-tackling performance at the back for Crawley Town as they defeated Colchester United 1-0. The Monaghan-born defender picked up a booking in the first-half, but defended well as his side kept a clean sheet.
Southend United slipped to seventh in the table as they were held to a scoreless draw by Bury. Barry Corr came off the bench for the Shrimpers, but was sent off late on for an off-the-ball push on Frederic Veseli.
Barry Roche did well in the Morecambe goal as they drew 1-1 with Dagenham and Redbridge, moving nine points clear of the relegation zone. Roche could do little about the penalty kick that gave the Daggers the lead, but pulled off some good saves to give his side a way back into the match.
Adam Rooney scored the winning penalty to help Aberdeen defeat Inverness Caledonian Thistle and lift the Scottish League Cup trophy. The Dubliner's spot kick meant the Dons won 4-2 in the shootout after neither side could find the net in the previous 120 minutes.
Anthony Stokes was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet for Celtic in their 3-0 win at Kilmarnock. The Republic of Ireland striker had a goal ruled out for offside at the start of the game and had a penalty appeal turned down late on.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Goalkeeper: Barry Roche (Morecambe)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Mark Connolly (Crawley), Stephen Ward (Brighton)
Midfielders: Stephen Ireland (Stoke), Alan McCormack (Brentford), Alan Sheehan (Notts County), James McClean (Wigan)
Forwards: Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday), Adam Rooney (Aberdeen), Anthony Stokes (Celtic)