By Ronan Murphy
Fulham continued their good start to the 2012-13 Premier League season, as they defeated Wigan Athletic 2-1 at the DW Stadium. Damien Duff scored Fulham's second, beating Ali Al-Habsi with a strong shot 22 minutes from the end.
Seamus Coleman started at right back for Everton, with Phil Neville pushed into midfield as David Moyes' side responded from their draw with Newcastle United with a 3-0 away win at Swansea City. Coleman looked assured on the ball, and offered a good attacking threat going forward, helping set up Kevin Mirallas' first Everton goal.
Despite making a mistake for Nottingham Forest's goal, former Ireland international goalkeeper Paddy Kenny helped Leeds United to a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon. Simon Cox failed to find the scoresheet as Forest pushed men forward in search of a late equaliser, but Kenny and his defence did well to keep out the onslaught and come away with three points.
Kevin Foley returned to the Wolverhampton Wanderers starting XI as Stale Solbakken's side defeated Peterborough United 2-0. Stephen Ward and Kevin Doyle also started for the visitors, with Doyle going close on a number of occasions. Ireland under-19 international Kane Ferdinand came on at half time for the Posh, but could not turn the tide as Wolves dominated.
Adam Rooney scored his second successive goal for Swindon Town, grabbing the fourth in a 4-0 win over Bournemouth. Rooney replaced fellow Irishman James Collins with Swindon leading 2-0 and finished the rout with a close-range effort late on.
Notts County climbed to second place in the table with a 3-0 win over struggling Portsmouth. Yoann Arquin scored twice for the Magpies, with Alan Judge providing an assist for Arquin's second while also getting his name on the scoresheet with a chipped effort.
Martin Rowlands earned a point for Leyton Orient, levelling after 19 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra. The 20-yard-volley is Rowlands' first goal since joining the League One side from Colchester United last month.
Padraig Amond struck in the last minute to see Accrington Stanley take all three points against Aldershot. Introduced from the bench for Karl Sheppard, Amond tapped in for his fourth goal of the season, seeing Accrington climb into the playoffs.
After over a year on the sidelines, Barry Corr returned to the Southend United subs bench, and came on with 20 minutes to go to inspire the Shrimpers to a 2-1 win against his old club Exeter City. Corr headed in the equaliser before Freddy Eastwood grabbed a late winner.
Michael Spillane scored from the spot as Dagenham and Redbridge came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Rochdale after Kevin McIntyre was sent off for the hosts.
Hibernian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle played out an exciting 2-2 draw in the SPL, with three Irish players finding the scoresheet. Eoin Doyle gave Pat Fenlon's side an early lead before Conor Pepper got one back for ICT. David Wotherspoon had put Hibs two up, but Pepper's goal inspired a comeback with Richie Foran scoring a late equaliser.
Cillian Sheridan scored his first goal for Kilmarnock, heading in against St Mirren to open the scoring in a 3-1 win. The Cavan man was also involved in Killie's second, helping his new club climb to fourth in the table.
Robbie Keane scored his 13th and 14th goals of the 2012 MLS Season as LA Galaxy beat Toronto FC 4-2 to qualify for the play-offs. Darren O'Dea had a disappointing game for the Canadian side, and was easily outfoxed by Keane for Galaxy's fourth.
Former Arsenal youth Rhys Murphy scored from the spot for Telstar in the Dutch Eerste Divisie, but could not help his side beat Dordrecht, going down 3-2 in a midtable clash.
Spartak Moscow defeated Rostov 3-1 to move to sixth in the Russian Premier League. Aiden McGeady played well for the hosts, despite picking up a second-half booking.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Goalkeeper: Paddy Kenny (Leeds United)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Sean St Ledger (Leicester), Alan McCormack (Swindon), Kevin Foley (Wolves)
Midfielders: Alan Judge (Notts County), Martin Rowlands (Leyton Orient), Conor Pepper (Inverness)
Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Barry Corr (Southend), Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock)